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Metacognitive Therapy

Distinctive Features, 1st Edition

By Peter Fisher, Adrian Wells


152 pages

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Metacognitive therapy is based on the principle that worry and rumination are universal processes leading to emotional disorder. These processes are linked to erroneous beliefs about thinking and unhelpful self-regulation strategies.

Metacognitive Therapy: Distinctive Features is an introduction to the theoretical foundations and therapeutic principles of metacognitive therapy. Divided into two sections, Theory and Practice and using thirty key points, the authors explore how metacognitive therapy can allow people to escape from repetitive thinking patterns that often lead to prolonged psychological distress.

This book is a valuable resource for both students and practitioners wishing to develop a basic understanding of metacognitive therapy and how it compares and contrasts with traditional forms of cognitive behavioural therapy.


"This book provides a skilful mix of theory and practice that should be essential reading for all wanting to learn more about MCT… I highly recommend it." Hans M. Nordahl, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

"The book is unique in that it expands upon traditional CBT and adds a dimension that may prove to establish metacognitive therapy (MCT) as a distinctive therapeutic technique. The approach offered in this book will make a definite contribution to the field of psychotherapy--for therapists who do not practice traditional CBT as well as for those who do. This book will be of particular value to persons practicing CBT who wish to understand more of the weaknesses (and presumably, therefore, the strengths) of the traditional CBT model.Represents a new paradigm in the treatment of mental disorders. Its foundations are rooted solidly in traditional psychotherapeutic thought (particularly psychoanalysis) yet also within our latest understanding of the developmental and neurological aspects of the brain. It is clearly a book for the seasoned and knowledgeable psychologist."Richard H. Cox, President Emeritus/Professor of Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, in APA Journals, PsycCRITIQUES

Table of Contents

Part I: The Distinctive Theoretical Features of Metacognitive Therapy. A Focus on Metacognition. An Information Processing Model of Psychological Disorder. The Cognitive Attentional Syndrome (CAS). Metacognitive Beliefs. Object and Metacognitive Modes. Reformulated A-B-C Analysis. Detached Mindfulness. Executive Control and Attentional Flexibility. Levels of Control. Types of Knowledge. Processes Beyond Cognitive Content. View of Self-awareness. Varieties of Change. Disorder Specific Models. A Universal Treatment? Part II: The Distinctive Practical Features of Metacognitive Therapy. Conducting Therapy at the Metacognitive Level. Assessment of Metacognition. Case Formulation. Meta-level Socialisation Procedures. Shifting to a Metacognitive Mode of Processing. Modifying Negative Metacognitive Beliefs. Modifying Positive Metacognitive Beliefs. Worry/Rumination Postponement. Attention Training Technique. Implementing Detached Mindfulness. Situational Attentional Refocusing. Targeting Meta-emotions. Delivering Metacognitively Focused Exposure. Developing New Plans for Processing. Integrating MCT Techniques: A Case Study.

About the Authors

Peter Fisher is a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool and a Clinical Psychologist with Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust.

Adrian Wells is Professor of Clinical and Experimental Psychopathology at the University of Manchester and Professor II in Clinical Psychology at Norwegian University, Trondheim.

About the Series

CBT Distinctive Features

This exciting new series asks leading practitioners and theorists of the main CBT therapies to write simply and briefly on what constitutes the main features of their particular approach.

Each Distinctive Features book will highlight the thirty main features – practical and theoretical – of its respective approach. The series as a whole will be essential reading for psychotherapists, counsellors, clinical and counselling psychologists of all orientations who wish to learn more about the range of new and developing cognitive-behavioural approaches.

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Subject Categories

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