A landmark publication, The Handbook of Counseling defines the field of counselling - how it has developed, the current state of the discipline and profession, and where this dynamic field is going. Edited and with chapters contributed by the leaders in counselling education and research, including several past-presidents of the American Counselling Association, this Handbook is comprehensive in its scope.
Chapter Eight: Cognitive-Behavioral Counseling
The key to personal freedom lies in understanding the factors that influence our behaviors and accepting responsibility for controlling [those factors].
We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.
Counseling addresses not only remediation of psychological problems but also prevention of such problems, augmentation of coping strategies for normal developmental challenges, and enhancement of the quality of life. Although nothing has prevented mental health professionals from applying cognitive-behavioral strategies to the latter three foci of counseling, they have developed and continue to apply these strategies primarily to remediation. Nevertheless, in the Western philosophical, social, and economic climate of the turn of ...