1st Edition

The Therapeutic Relationship in the Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapies

Edited By Paul Gilbert, Robert L. Leahy Copyright 2007
    312 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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.


    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.

    "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." - APA Review of Books, PsycCRITIQUES, Contemporary Psychology

    "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

    "...Gilbert and Leahy have assembled a scholarly and thoughtful collection of explorations into the complex, intriguing cognitive and interpersonal phenomenon that is the therapeutic relationship." - Richard Stott, Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy

    "Paul Gilbert and Robert Leahy do a wonderful task of drawing our attention back to the neglected area of therapeutic relationship and show us that we can benefit and enrich our understanding by a deeper analysis of the issues involved." - Richard Scott, The Journal of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, Vol. 39, 2011