Case Formulation in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

The Treatment of Challenging and Complex Cases

Edited by Nicholas Tarrier, Judith Johnson

© 2006 – Routledge

400 pages | 55 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Case formulation is the core skill of every practitioner carrying out psychological therapies at an advanced level. It is essential in providing an idiosyncratic understanding of the individual client and their clinical problems.

In this volume, Nicholas Tarrier brings together contributions that cover many of the clinical issues that will challenge practitioners in their practice of cognitive behaviour therapy. Each chapter serves as a practical guide to overcoming that particular clinical challenge and is grounded solidly in research evidence. Experts in each individual field discuss how case formulation aids clinical practice in their chosen area and demonstrate how detailed understanding of the clinical case leads to improved therapeutic outcome. Subjects covered include:

  • a biopsychosocial and evolutionary approach to formulation with a special focus on shame
  • case conceptualisation in complex PTSD
  • cognitive behavioural case formulation in complex eating disorders.

This indispensable guide to formulating clinical cases will be welcomed by clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, counsellors, social workers and students.


"Case formulation is a central feature of modern psychotherapies. The chapters in this volume clearly outline how to conceptualize individuals' problems and, based on this, how to apply the relevant strategies and techniques for a specific case. Recommended for all psychotherapists." - Aaron T. Beck, University Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Table of Contents

Tarrier, Preface. Tarrier, An Introduction to Case Formulation and its Challenges. Kuyken,Evidence-based Case Formulation: Is the Emperor Clothed? Cullen, Combes, Formulation From the Perspective of Contextualism. Wells, Cognitive Therapy Case Formulation in Anxiety Disorders. Gilbert, A Biopsychosocial and Evolutionary Approach to Formulation with a Special Focus on Shame. Blackburn, James, Flitcroft, Case Formulation in Depression. Lee, Case Conceptualisation in Complex PTSD: Integrating Theory with Practice.Tarrier, A Cognitive-Behavioural Case Formulation Approach to the Treatment of Schizophrenia. Jones, Bipolar Disorders. Davidson, Cognitive Formulation in Personality Disorder. Lavender, Schmidt, Cognitive-Behavioural Case Formulation in Complex Eating Disorders. Brown, Medically Unexplained Symptoms. Harvey, What About Patients Who Can’t Sleep? Case Formulation for Insomnia. Sidley, Self-harm. Bowley, Working with Asylum Seekers. Armstrong, Freeston, Conceptualising and Formulating Cognitive Therapy Supervision.

About the Editors

Nicholas Tarrier is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester. He has pioneered the development and evaluation of cognitive behaviour therapies for schizophrenia and other psychological disorders.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / General