From its beginnings as the “talking cure,” psychotherapy has depended on the strength of the relationship between practitioner and patient. Today, this is particularly true of cognitive behavioral therapy, which requires skilled listening—understanding and processing the client’s complex personal narrative—as well as debating dysfunctional beliefs, suggesting new courses of action, and other forms of skillful speaking.
Communication in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy opens out the therapeutic possibilities for skillful speaking and listening for practitioners specializing in CBT, examining the theoretical and research base, and reviewing best-practice clinical methods and the evidence behind them. Illustrative examples of therapist-client dialogue and useful flow charts are included, highlighting exchanges that are precise, meaningful, and effective. And since the chapters are written to stand alone, readers can easily access answers to specific questions of content and technique.
Features of the coverage:
• Communication during the assessment stage • Strengthening client involvement in the healing process • Building the therapeutic alliance in brief therapy • Clinical uses of non-verbal communication • Learner-centered strategies for improving communication skills • Qualitative and quantitative methods for analyzing communication in CBT • Plus disorder-specific chapters on treatment of anxiety, depression, and psychosis
Communication in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy brings valuable insights to clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists looking to gain new skills or sharpen existing ones, and also serves as an effective training manual.
Table of contents
Introduction.- Background theories and main systems of analysis of communication in CBT.- Assessment stage: data gathering and structuring the interview.- The building of working alliance in brief psychotherapies.- Providing information and involving patient in the therapeutic process.- Nonverbal communication in clinical contexts.- Communication in depressive states.- Interpersonal vicious cycles in Anxiety Disorders.- Cognitive behavioral family interventions in psychosis.- Learner-centred interactive methods for improving communication skills.- Quantitative methods for the analysis of verbal interaction in psychotherapy.- Qualitative methods for the analysis of verbal interaction in psychotherapy.
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