The Therapeutic Relationship in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

A Clinician's Guide

Nikolaos Kazantzis, Frank M. Dattilio, and Keith S. Dobson
Foreword by Judith S. Beck

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August 7, 2017
ISBN 9781462531288
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288 Pages
Size: 6" x 9"
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288 Pages
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“The therapeutic relationship is the heart and soul of CBT. This is just the book that is needed to link the many exemplary volumes on CBT technique to the practice of CBT in the room with real clients. The authors’ rich clinical experience shines through in the case examples and in their deep understanding of the realities of practice. Not surprisingly from these authors, the book consistently draws on the empirical literature. Reading this book is the next best thing to having one of these outstanding professionals as your clinical supervisor. This book will be a strong addition to graduate curricula, but also has much to offer for the experienced practitioner. The self-reflection exercises nicely model the collaborative relationship at the core of CBT.”

—Debra A. Hope, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

“Experienced clinicians know that therapy is not simply the application of 'techniques' to solve the client’s problems. Some therapists have high dropout rates, while others are able to connect and encourage clients to explore and grow even when difficulties arise. This important contribution aids in the development of effective, compassionate therapist–client relationships. Grounded in theory and the empirical literature, the book provides guidelines on agenda setting, homework compliance, behavioral assignments, and cognitive interventions. It shows how different ways of addressing roadblocks can either impede or enrich the therapeutic process. Clinicians at all levels will benefit from the authors' insight and wisdom.”

—Robert L. Leahy, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College; Director, American Institute for Cognitive Therapy

“This superb book demonstrates like no other that the practice of CBT is a human, rather than mechanical, process. Socratic dialogue and collaborative empiricism are presented not as strategies to employ, but rather as crucial components of the therapeutic relationship. This book will enhance the library of beginning students as well as novice and seasoned clinicians. It will serve as an invaluable reference for therapists to return to again and again in reflecting on the case conceptualization and maintaining a therapeutic relationship, within the context of competent and ethical CBT. I plan to use it in a seminar I am teaching on the psychotherapeutic process, and think it would be excellent required reading for a broader class on CBT.”

—Christopher R. Martell, PhD, ABPP, Clinic Director, Psychological Services Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

“Until now, there has not been a comprehensive resource to guide CBT practitioners in utilizing the special and unique therapeutic relationship to help clients achieve long-lasting change. This book meets an essential clinical need—and does so brilliantly. The authors provide a wealth of information about both generic and CBT-specific elements of forming effective therapeutic relationships. They have structured the book skillfully into easy-to-follow chapters, each targeting key components of conducting CBT. Case illustrations with sample dialogues, clinical tips, and self-reflection exercises engage readers in applying the ideas in their own practices. Students and clinicians will repeatedly return to these pages for sound advice.”

—Joan Davidson, PhD, Co-Director, San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy; Assistant Professor, Clinical Sciences Program, University of California, Berkeley

“The authors articulate the value and nature of the therapeutic relationship, clearly describing the scientific method and the generation of clinically important hypotheses and their evaluation through experimentation. Other crucial aspects of CBT include the therapist’s use of questioning and the Socratic teaching approach, which enable the clinician to guide clients to a new perspective or discovery. These strategies are essential features of the therapeutic relationship, both directly and indirectly (when embedded in techniques), and they lead to change in clients’ basic maladaptive beliefs and perceptions.”

—from the Foreword by Judith S. Beck, PhD, President, Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy

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