Thursday, March 26, 2009

Yalom's criticism of CBT

Someone's got to do some more research, but I would really like to know:
when a CBT therapist really gets distressed, who does he go see? I just
have a strong sense it's not another CBT therapist. I think he wants to
go out and search for somebody who's wise and can help him explore
deeper levels.
Irvin Yalom

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Wise Therapy recommended by Guardian/Observer guide to Understanding People

**Wise Therapy was one of only 25 books recommended by The Guardian on
therapy and personal development

**This is what they said**

*Wise Therapy*: Tim LeBon(Sage, £18.99)

A practical guide to using philosophy as therapy. LeBon encourages
counsellors and psychotherapy practitioners to use philosophy with their
patients to help them make better decisions.

How to create effective collaboration with clients (for CBT and philosophical counselling)

In both CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) and philosophical counselling,
effective collaboration with clients
in considered to be a crucial element of wise therapy.
In their highly recommended /Introduction to CBT/, Westbrook et al list
4 ways of building a positive collaborative relationship (p.29)
1) Careful listening
2) Creating a shared agenda at the beginning of each session
3) Welcoming feedback
4) Establishing client's goals
These are all very important - I'd like to suggest 4 other ways of
ensuring there is good collaboration
5) Use Socratic questioning -also known as guided discovery (as opposed
to lecturing)
6) Write down key points and ensure the client gets a copy as well as you
7) Be transparent - explain your rationale
8) Use frequent summaries