Fundamentals of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy: From Both Sides of the Desk

1st Edition

Carlton Munson, Bill Borcherdt

Published November 10, 1999
Textbook - 249 Pages
ISBN 9780789009449 - CAT# HW11904

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A central premise of cognitive-behavior therapy is that individuals bring themselves to their emotions and behavior by how they think. Fundamentals of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy helps therapists and counselors address the important questions of cognitive-behavior therapy--what to ask, how to respond to difficult exchanges with clients, and why to make chosen responses--and helps them get at the cognitive base of clients’emotional disturbances more quickly. The book is unique in that it presents more than a textbook approach to problemsolving; it provides a wealth of data and philosophy that enables clinicians to respond more helpfully to client problems.

Readers of Fundamentals of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy learn what therapeutic questions to ask and what responses to give to psychotherapy clients’common difficult questions and statements in ways that better contribute to the long-range happiness and survival of the client. This insightful book encourages therapists to help clients help themselves by showing therapists effective, detailed, responses that help clients answer their own questions and come to their own conclusions about why they react certain ways to specific situations. Among the 164 troublesome client questions and statements to which Borcherdt offers rational responses are:
  • “But I don't feel like it.”
  • “I can't make a decision, because I don't know if it is the right one.”
  • “Why won't things work out for me?”
  • “I can't help it.”
  • “I have so many problems and feelings that I don't know where to begin dealing with them.”
  • “Why don't I change? Why do I keep goofing up?”
  • “Whose side are you on anyway?”

    Through this detailed look at the therapist's role in heightening client awareness of self, Author Bill Borcherdt, who has thirty years’experience as a therapist, provides a storehouse of practical, hands-on tact and tactics which encourages a problem-solving focus while preventing conversational drifting. He gives readers insights on:
  • basic principles of emotional reeducation and well-being
  • psychotherapy as teaching
  • overcoming emotional disturbance tendencies
  • getting individuals to answer their own questions so they can expose their own potential solutions
  • understanding and overcoming clients’resistance to change
  • a client-centered method of problem-solving interviewing

    The book illustrates that the primary medium of the therapist's influence is funneled through both direct questions asked of the client and through the therapist's responses to client questions and commentary. Suggested questions and responses in the book help practitioners prepare for interviews and better understand clients’resistance to change. Designed for students in training as well as the beginning or seasoned practitioner, Fundamentals of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy includes 172 rational questions and 164 rational responses, each with commentary that shows the clinical justifications for asking these questions and offering these responses.

    Social workers, psychologists, guidance counselors, psychiatrists, nurses in mental health settings, marital/family counselors, alcohol and other drug abuse counselors, and other human service professionals will find Fundamentals of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy filled with practical and insightful guidelines for better helping their psychotherapy clients.


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