Change for the Better: Self-Help through Practical Psychotherapy

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SAGE, Apr 23, 2012 - Psychology - 344 pages
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Change for the Better is for anyone interested in making lasting changes in both their inner and outer lives. It uses a conversational style to help readers identify their own learned patterns of thinking and relating that underlie and contribute to emotional suffering such depression, anxiety, phobia, eating disorders, relationship and psychosomatic problems. It shows readers how to reflect upon their difficulties, identify problems in relating, and stop and revise attitudes that are out of date. Mindfulness- based experiential exercises are incorporated throughout to help nourish self awareness and change.

This bestselling book has helped many people find ways of dealing with everyday emotional difficulties, and also practitioners of psychotherapy work with their patients. It's continuing popularity has prompted this fourth edition which features up to date thinking and practice from Cognitive Analytic Psychotherapy and from mindfulness.

Elizabeth Wilde McCormick has been in practice as a psychotherapist for over thirty years. She is also a teacher, trainer and writer. She is a founder member of The Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy at Guy's Hospital, London, and the author of a number of best-selling self-help books.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
PART ONE Who are we? What are we made of? What can change?
7
ONE Change is possible
9
PART TWO The Building Blocks of Who We Are
35
reciprocal relationship procedures
37
THREE Problems and dilemmas within relationships
47
PART THREE Getting Off the Symptom Hook
67
FOUR Traps
69
PART SEVEN Making the Change
209
TWELVE Writing our life story
211
THIRTEEN Targeting the procedures that create problems and deciding on aims for change
227
FOURTEEN Putting a diagram in your pocket
235
FIFTEEN Techniques for working through the process of change
244
PART EIGHT Changing within a Relationship
263
SIXTEEN Love is not enough
265
PART NINE Holding on to Change
285

FIVE Dilemmas
90
SIX Snags and selfsabotage
117
PART FOUR The Tip of the Emotional Iceberg
125
SEVEN Unbearable and unmanageable feelings
127
EIGHT How unmanageable feelings and beliefs become symptoms
136
PART FIVE The Emotional RollerCoaster
157
NINE The challenge of shifting states
159
PART SIX Gathering Information
175
ELEVEN Examining the impact of our beginnings
177
SEVENTEEN Creative ways of practising with and holding onto change
287
PART TEN Resources for Students and Therapists and for Cocounsellors
295
EIGHTEEN The theory and practice of CAT
297
The Psychotherapy File an aid to understanding ourselves better
310
Mindfulness exercises and meditations
320
List of resources available on the companion website
323
References
324
Index
327
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Elizabeth Wilde McCormick has been in practice as a psychotherapist for over thirty years in both private and NHS settings. She is also a teacher, trainer and writer. Her background is in social psychiatry, humanistic and transpersonal psychology and cognitive analytic therapy. She has had an interest for many years in the interface between psychotherapy and mindfulness and in the process of change. She is a founder member of The Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy and the author of a number of books including Living On The Edge, Surviving Breakdown, The Pale Green Room and Your Heart and You.

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