Cognitive therapy is one of the most widely used approaches within counseling and psychotherapy today. As such, there is a wealth of literature to offer the newcomer, which can sometimes be overwhelming for those seeking an initial understanding of the approach. Cognitive Therapy in a Nutshell solves this problem by providing the key elements of cognitive therapy theory and practice in a very concise and accessible way.
Cognitive therapy teaches clients that there is always more than one way of seeing events, and therefore that their viewpoint is largely a mater of choice. Helping clients to develop and maintain more helpful viewpoints in tackling their problems is the focus of the therapy. Cognitive Therapy in a Nutshell offers clear explanations of the fundamental models used to treat clients including the information-processing model, and the three cognitive levels examined during therapy – automatic thoughts, underlying assumptions/rules, and core beliefs (schemas). The authors also provide a valuable case study of a client with social phobia to demonstrate how cognitive therapy works in action.
Cognitive Therapy in a Nutshell also explores the techniques involved in:
--Eliciting and examining negative automatic thoughts
--Uncovering and examining underlying assumptions, rules and core beliefs
--Maintaining gains from therapy
This book will be invaluable to those coming to cognitive therapy for the first time, and who want to gain a full understanding of the basics of the approach.
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An Overview of Cognitive Therapy
Eliciting and Examining Negative Automatic Thoughts
Uncovering and Examining Underlying Assumptions, Rules, and Core Beliefs
Maintaining Gains from Therapy