• The Cognitive Behaviour Counselling Primer

The Cognitive Behaviour Counselling Primer

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ISBN 978 1 898059 86 8 (2008)
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The acclaimed Counselling Primer series from PCCS Books, supplementary to the bestselling Steps in Counselling series, is suitable for both beginners and higher level students who want a succinct boost to their knowledge of a particular area. Beginners will find the style companionable and reassuring, while more advanced readers will appreciate the incisive and authoritative writing with pointers for further reading and resources. Trainers will find the series a dependable learning aid. 

Counselling Primers bridge the gap between introductory, intermediate and diploma level courses, each book providing a concise overview of a particular counselling approach. Each Counselling Primer will be a perfect essay resource or a springboard for further study.

A series of 8 books including:
• Person-Centered  • Experiential  •Existential  •Intergrative  •Focusing-Oriented  •Psychodynamic •Contact Work


1. The origins of cognitive behaviour therapy

2. The theoretical underpinnings of cognitive behaviour therapy

3. Cognition

4. Cognitive behaviour therapy and the therapeutic alliance

5. Case conceptualisation

6. Cognitive restructuring techniques

7. Behavioural techniques

8. Methods of discovering assumptions, rules and beliefs

9. Relapse prevention and endings

10. Cognitive behaviour therapy transcript

11. Applications of cognitive behaviour therapy

12. Research into cognitive behaviour therapy

Appendix: Resources for learning

The authors have produced an authoritative guide to CBT that works its way systematically from the therapeutic alliance through to case conceptualisation and techniques .... experienced therapists working outside of the CBT model, as well as students, will find this a good introduction to a complex subject. Angela Cooper, BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor & Supervisor, Therapy Today, 2009.

This is an excellent addition to the 'Counselling Primers' series ... The primer is packed with subject information to walk the learner through CBT basic concepts, theoretical underpinning of CBT, case conceptualisation and interventions; including relapse prevention and endings. There are several mini-studies dotted throughout the book to exemplify various points ... Ian Clancy, Orchard Counselling Practice, August 2009.

Windy Dryden

Windy Dryden is Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths College. He has authored or edited 142 books and edited 13 book series on counselling. He is a keen supporter of Arsenal Football Club and lover of hip-hop music. He wishes he could play sax as good as Junior Walker and could sing as well as Craig David. His current professional interests lie in the area of using humour in counselling to promote client reflection, learning and change. He trained at Aston University in the same trainee cohort as Pete Sanders and is delighted to be a PCCS author.

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Windy Dryden

Rhena Branch

Rhena Branch is an accredited CBT therapist with her own private practice. She teaches and supervises on the MSc course for REBT and CBT at Goldsmith's, University of London. 

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Rhena Branch