2nd Edition

Working Creatively with Obstacles to Client Change in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy A Practitioner’s Guide

By Windy Dryden Copyright 2025
    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    Productive therapeutic change is facilitated when the therapist and client have a good therapeutic relationship, share views on salient therapeutic matters, agree on goals to enhance client well-being, and understand what they each have to do to achieve the goals of therapy. This book will address the obstacles to client change that both client and therapist bring to rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT).

    Addressing these obstacles to client change head on, the book enables both the client and practitioner to move beyond problems in the consulting room and build a more productive relationship, resulting in more effective sessions and assisting in the resolution of underlying problems for which the client has sought help. This updated second edition will move beyond the language of “resistance” in the first edition to instead reposition the term through the lens of barriers to change. A further emphasis will be placed on online therapy and barriers such as clients not attending as many sessions as a therapist might expect or recommend.

    This book is essential reading for any practitioner hoping to use REBT more effectively in their day-to-day practice.

    1. Rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT) in brief PART 1. Client Obstacles to Client Change 2. Dealing with client obstacles to client change in the bonds domain of the working alliance 3. Dealing with client obstacles to client change in the views domain of the working alliance 4. Dealing with client obstacles to client change in the goals domain of the working alliance 5. Dealing with client obstacles to client change in the tasks domain of the working alliance 6. A process-orientated view of client obstacles to client change PART 2.  Therapist Obstacles to Client Change 7. Dealing with therapist obstacles to client change in the bonds domain of the working alliance 8. Dealing with therapist obstacles to client change in the views domain of the working alliance 9. Dealing with therapist obstacles to client change in the goals domain of the working alliance 10. Dealing with therapist obstacles to client change in the tasks domain of the working alliance 11. A compendium of therapist problems 12. A process-orientated view of therapist obstacles to client change

    Biography

    Windy Dryden is in clinical and consultative practice and is an international authority on Single-Session Therapy. He is Emeritus Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has worked in psychotherapy for more than 45 years and is the author or editor of over 275 books.