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Flexibility-Based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Insights from 40 Years of Practice, 1st Edition

By Windy Dryden


146 pages

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In this book, Windy Dryden brings together the four major strands that have shaped his idiosyncratic approach to clinical practice – (i) Cognitive Behaviour Therapy; (ii) flexibility in practice; (iii) Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy; and (iv) pluralism – an approach he calls ‘Flexibility-Based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy’.

Perhaps uniquely for the literature, this volume provides an extended account of how a world-leading therapist personally thinks about and practices psychotherapy. As well as insights from over 40 years as a therapist, the book reflects the most the recent developments in Dryden’s work, and highlights both the different theories he is using and the core building blocks of his practice.

Aimed at therapists in training and practice, Flexibility-Based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy presents a rare opportunity to gain an insight from one of the leading figures in the field of psychotherapy.

Table of Contents




1 Rigidity and Flexibility

2 Effective Bonds in Therapy

3 Shared Views in Therapy

4 Negotiated and Agreed Goals in Therapy

5 Goal-Directed Tasks in Therapy

6 The Importance of Context in FCBT

7 Working with Rigid and Flexible Attitudes and Mindsets in Therapy

8 Working with Extreme and Non-Extreme Attitudes in Therapy

9 The Change Process in Therapy

Appendix 1 The Models of Psychological Disturbance and Health that I Use in My Work




About the Author

Windy Dryden is in part-time clinical and consultative practice and is an international authority on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. He is Emeritus Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has worked in psychotherapy for more than 40 years and is the author of over 220 books.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health