Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: A Practical Guide To Helping People To Take Control

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-04-02
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: A Practical Guide to Helping People Take Controlexplores the premise that negative beliefs play an important role in the development and continuation of mental health problems. The book offers a new integrative model of causality for instigating change, based on giving clients control and choice over these beliefs, and therefore over their mood and behaviour. This practical guide also focuses on the stigmas often attached to people with 'mental illness'. Danny C. K. Lam suggests that by providing both the client and the general public with a more accurate understanding of the nature and causes of mental health problems it is possible to de-stigmatise the 'mental illness' label. This will help the client improve self-esteem and the ability to manage personal and interpersonal difficulties and take control of their problems and responsibility for recovery. Divided into six parts, this book covers: stigma, prejudice and discrimination from societal perspectives the nature and cause of emotional upsets a therapeutic framework for change self-prejudice, personal and interpersonal issues good and bad methods of communication practical approaches to assessing problems methods of taking control. This cognitive behavioural approach to mental health problems is an innovative contribution to the field. Illustrated throughout with clinical examples and practical advice, the book is essential reading for all of those involved in mental health, from nurses to counsellors, and from medical practitioners and social workers to ministers of religion.

Author Biography

Danny C. K. Lam is a Principal Lecturer at Kingston University, St George's, University of London.

Table of Contents

About the authorp. ix
Foreword: Cognitive behaviour therapy: counteracting the poison of stigma and prejudicep. x
Prefacep. xvi
Acknowledgementsp. xviii
A personal experiencep. xix
Societal perspective: stigma, prejudice and discriminationp. 1
Mental illness stigmap. 3
Biological and genetic explanations of 'mental illness'p. 14
Prejudice, discrimination and 'mental illness'p. 29
Therapist's perspective: a therapeutic frameworkp. 41
Cognitive behaviour therapy theory of emotional upsetp. 43
Components in cognitive behaviour therapyp. 51
A shared responsibility approach in the change processp. 59
Dealing with negative thoughtsp. 67
Dealing with unhelpful behaviourp. 75
Homework assignmentsp. 83
Drug treatmentsp. 91
Client's perspective: self-prejudice and personal issuesp. 101
Approval and approval-seeking behaviourp. 103
Perfectionism and competitivenessp. 111
Healthy and unhealthy negative emotionsp. 119
Fear of failure and procrastinationp. 129
Self-criticismp. 138
Setback and relapsep. 146
Client's perspective: self-prejudice and interpersonal difficultiesp. 153
Others' criticismp. 155
Good and bad communicationp. 163
Developing effective communication skillsp. 171
Therapeutic approach: skills and techniquesp. 185
Assessment skillsp. 187
Disputing approach and techniquesp. 194
Taking control: new models for helping changep. 205
Control and choice in mental healthp. 207
An illustration of the cognitive behaviour therapy approach to panic disorder: a case examplep. 212
Referencesp. 224
Indexp. 228
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