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Cognitive Behavioural Counselling in Action (Counselling in Action series)

Cognitive Behavioural Counselling in Action (Counselling in Action series) [Kindle Edition]

Windy Dryden , Dr Peter Trower , Mr Jason Jones , Andrew Casey
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"An elegant and informative guide to the practice of cognitive behavioural counselling … recommended for all CBT practitioners."

Mick Power, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Edinburgh

"A deserved best-seller for over 20 years. Peter Trower and colleagues have completely revised and updated the book in light of the enormous scientific achievements of CBT in this time. This brilliant book is essential reading for all cognitive behavioural practitioners."

Max Birchwood, Professor of Youth Mental Health, University of Birmingham

"An absolutely wonderful book on cognitive behavioual counselling. It includes not only the basic information but also recent conceptual advances in the field. Truly, I cannot recommend this book highly enough!"

E. Thomas Dowd, International Editor, Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy

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This best-selling, eminently practical, evidence-based guide to the cognitive-behavioral approach to counseling has been substantially revised and updated to reflect current theoretical and practical developments in the CBT field.

The second edition contains an expanded Basic Guide to Cognitive Behavioral Counseling which takes the practitioner step-by-step through the process of counselling, from initial contact with a client to the termination of counseling. The guide follows a skills-based format, and uses carefully-chosen case studies and illustrative dialogue to take each task in sequential order, providing a briefing on each task along with the practical steps needed to effect its implementation.

Drawing on their own extensive experience, and with reference to contemporary research, the book also provides a concise overview of the CBC approach to common emotional problems, with new material on complex cases and on the therapeutic alliance, with guidance to more detailed bibliographic and multimedia sources throughout.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1816 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Second Edition edition (30 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009KZXMG0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #263,690 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Cognitive Approach 27 Nov 2002
This book did meet the aims I set it, as I have a much better understanding of the Cognitive-Behavioural approach now. I feel I have grasped the workings behind this previously unknown theory, as I come solely from a Person Centred background. This book is clearly set out with good structure and takes you through the different stages of the CBC process. This includes an opening phase with induction and exploration, a middle phase with initial cognitive assessment and initial cognitive intervention and closing phase with homework and boundary conditions.

The methods used are interesting and well described. I found the ABC form quite confusing. I appreciate it is often good for the client to see what behaviour they are displaying, but thought the titles used were a little harsh e.g.. dysfunctional thoughts/images, functional alternative thoughts/images.
I felt uneasy when the counsellor would talk about the clients dysfunctional behaviour. This I found to be judgemental. CBC is advertised as primarily Person Centred based using many of the skills i.e.. reflecting, challenging, listening, focusing but at times it didn't sit well with me.
The case study with Andrew was extremely helpful at cementing in my mind what the counsellor is trying to achieve. As just firing out what should and shouldn't be done at different phases of the counselling is futile, but reading what Andrew said and how the
counsellor interacted made it much more real.
I feel the authors of this book worked well together at explaining and putting into practice his theories.
Overall, I very much enjoyed reading the book. I would recommend other Counselling Diploma students to read this book. It could open their eyes to a whole new world.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cognitive-Behavioural Counselling in Action 23 Feb 2006
By Eileen E TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This book begins with an overview of Cognitive-Behavioural Counselling (Therapy) and then leads the reader through the various stages of the CBC process using Andrew - a fictitious client as a case study to enable the reader to see how the CBC model of counselling works in practice. The framework of the model centres areound educating the client in the theory and method of CBC so that he can firstly gain understanding of his difficulties and then "take the initiative in assessing and resolving them" (page 38).

PartII considers ways of challenging and changing maladaptive thinking. The setting and completing of homework tasks between counselling sessions is a fundermental part of CBC and homework is also included here.

Part III considers the application of the CBC Model to specific emotional problems and includes seperate chapters on anxiety and depression.

The format of the book is clearly defined and enables the reader to locate specific areas of CBC quickly and easily. The use of a fictitious client case study shifts CBC theory to a working model of counselling and gives the reader insight into how it is used within the counselling session. CBC is a very structured model of counselling and this quickly becomes evident to the reader.

The book is well written and easy to read. The theory of CBC is clearly explained and easy to follow. The book gives a very good introducion to CBC and is suitable for both trainee CBC counsellorsand qualified counsellors who are not trained in CBC but who wish to learn the basic skills of the model
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CBT 19 Oct 2011
I have recently found my calling in life and this has lead me to train as a psychotherapist/clinical psychologist. With that in mind I felt the need to purchase a few books to help me in my quest. This book is very informative and is priceless in my collection. It is well written and paints a good picture of what you want to learn.
I would recommend this to anyone who is wanting to train in this profession.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CBT introduction 26 May 2011
I had never looked at CBT or studied the methods and approach prior to October of last year and this book was the core text book of the Diploma that I studied on. It is set out in an easy to read and accessible way that makes it perfect for the trainee Counsellor/Therapist. As with another reviewer I come from a predominantly psychological and PCT background and was a bit daunted by the CBT approach feeling that it would be too advanced for me to study.

This book dispproved that hypothesis and I now have completed two modules on CBT that are going towards my degree in Therapy. I really enjoyed the CBT approach and would highly recommend this book for the learner and anyone interested in this method.

Like all the Counselling In Action books they are clearly written and concise and straight to the point. I have read this book along with Person Centred Counselling in Action and Psychodynamic Counselling in Action (this was my first look at the Psychodynamic Approach, and I knew these books would be a clear introduction to Psychodynamic Counselling).

They have really assisted me in my Theoretical Understanding of therapy and the methods involved and I would highly recommend this book along with any of the other Counnselling In Action books to anyones wider reading into different Counselling Approaches, at any level. To further build on these books the next step would most likely be the Advancing Theory In Therapy books where these books build a solid grounding for people to advance into more higher level books.

My next book will be Key Issues in Counselling In Action by Windy Dryden which will further complement my wider reading and my personnel development, and knowledge in therapy. A very good book which will assist the trainee and qualified counsellor read after read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Very practical book and lots of examples from the sessions, so it is useful to relate to real world. I would recommend it to all who are interested in CBT in counselling practice. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Urszula Posnett
5.0 out of 5 stars informative
Lots of useful information about CBT that I hadn't thought of. Can be hard going in places but I still found it very insightful.
Published 13 months ago by sunshine
5.0 out of 5 stars companion
excellent little companion for my cousework. Yet again another well written but easily understood addition to my collection of the in action series.
Published on 3 Mar 2012 by jerrylc10
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the trainee practitioner
Brilliant informative book for the trainee like myself. Plenty of valuable examples of client counsellor relationship. Read more
Published on 28 April 2011 by DOT
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the second edition
It may not be clear that these reviews are of the first edition, and that there is a second edition which is due out at the end of this month, December 2010. Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2010 by Peter
3.0 out of 5 stars A good little reference
This is a lot of information crammed into a small space and as such makes dry reading (forgive the pun on the authors name). Read more
Published on 2 Dec 2010 by martinloat
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Published on 30 May 2010 by Mr. A. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Cognitive-Behavioural Counselling in Action
The first and only book you'll need to read when thinking about starting out learning about Cognitive Behavioural Counselling at a novice level. Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2010 by Mrs. E. Johnston
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