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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Second Edition edition (Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076194074X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761940746
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.8 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,786,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Windy Dryden is Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies as well as being the Programme Co-ordinator of the MSc in Rational-Emotive and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Karen L Aitken on 27 Nov. 2002
Format: Paperback
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 By Eileen E on 23 Feb. 2006
Format: Paperback
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 By Robert Winstanley on 26 May 2011
Format: Paperback
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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