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The Therapeutic Relationship in the Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapies

1st Edition

Edited by Paul Gilbert, Robert L. Leahy


312 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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Although the therapeutic relationship is a major contributor to therapeutic outcomes, the cognitive behavioral psychotherapies have not explored this aspect in any detail. This book addresses this shortfall and explores the therapeutic relationship from a range of different perspectives within cognitive behavioral and emotion focused therapy traditions.

The Therapeutic Relationship in the Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapies covers new research on basic models of the process of the therapeutic relationship, and explores key issues related to developing emotional sensitivity, empathic understanding, mindfulness, compassion and validation within the therapeutic relationship. The contributors draw on their extensive experience in different schools of cognitive behavioral therapy to address their understanding and use of the therapeutic relationship. Subjects covered include:

· the process and changing nature of the therapeutic relationship over time

· recognizing and resolving ruptures in the therapeutic alliance

· the role of evolved social needs and compassion in the therapeutic relationship

· the therapeutic relationship with difficult to engage clients

· self and self-reflection in the therapeutic relationship.

This book will be of great interest to all psychotherapists who want to deepen their understanding of the therapeutic relationship, especially those who wish to follow cognitive behavioral approaches.


"This book will be useful to all psychotherapists who want to deepen their knowledge and understanding, and especially those who are following cognitive-behavioural approaches." - Francine Brett, Therapy Today

"Revolutionary and Evolutionary." - PsycCRITIQUES (Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books)

"The book will help cognitive behavior therapists to recast the therapeutic relationship in an information-processing context. It might help therapists to examine the therapeutic process from a holistic perspective and to incorporate historical and cultural contexts in understanding the role of the therapeutic relationship in healing and promoting behavior change. As the concluding authors urge, 'It is time for cognitive therapists to engage in self-reflection' to indentify substance differences and promote an integrative approach to the practise of psychotherapy." - Dr. Jean Lau Chin, Dean of California School of Professional Psychology, part of Alliant International University, USA

"This book brings together in one volume a wealth of perspectives and conceptualisations of the therapeutic relationship in cognitive behavioural therapy in an accessible way, and as such is a rich new resource. Do read it." - Dr. Anne Cooper, European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling, Vol. 10, No. 3, September 2008

"This is a useful resource for cognitive behavioural psychotherapists and, due to the breadth of the psychological material presented, may also be of interest to a wider audience of psychologists working with people to change behaviour." - Ruth Lukeman, The Psychologist, Vol. 22 No. 9, September 2009

Table of Contents

Gilbert, Leahy, Preface. Key Issues. Gilbert, Leahy, Introduction and Overview: Basic Issues in the Therapeutic Relationship. Hardy, Cahill, Barkham, Active Ingredients of the Therapeutic Relationship that Promote Client Change: A Research Perspective. Greenberg, Emotion in the Therapeutic Relationship in Emotion Focused Therapy. Miranda, Anderson, The Therapeutic Relationship: Implications from Social Cognition and Transference. Katzow, Safran, Recognizing and Resolving Ruptures in the Therapeutic Alliance. Gilbert, Evolved Minds and Compassion in the Therapeutic Relationship. Liotti, Internal Working Models of Attachment in the Therapeutic Relationship. The Therapeutic Relationship in Specific Therapies. Newman, The Therapeutic Relationship in Cognitive Therapy with Difficult to Engage Clients. Swales, Heard, The Therapy Relationship in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. Pierson, Hayes, Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Empower the Therapeutic Relationship. Leahy, Schematic Mismatch in the Therapeutic Relationship: A Social-cognitive Model. Bennett-Levy, Thwaites, Self and Self-reflection in the Therapeutic Relationship: A Conceptual Map and Practical Strategies for the Training, Supervision and Self-supervision of Interpersonal Skills.

About the Editors

Paul Gilbert is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Mental Health Research Unit at Kingsway Hospital, University of Derby and Derbyshire Mental Health Services Trust.

Robert L. Leahy is Clinical Professor of psychology in psychiatry at the Weill-Cornell University Medical College. He is the founder and director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy and President of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Clinical Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General