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In Fear of coffee I mentioned the renowned American CBT therapist, Christine Padesky. One of the recurring themes in her work has been to counter the notion that CBT is just about providing helpless patients with techniques for solving their problems, by emphasizing that patients always come to therapy with capabilities and strengths of their very own.

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If you’re a therapist, how much of yourself do you invest in a session with a patient who’s hard to reach?

If you’re a patient, how much effort does your therapist make to understand what it’s like to be you?

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An animated TV documentary broadcast by the BBC illustrates some useful ideas in counselling and psychotherapy. It’s a bit creepy, too.

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A recent research study that asked CBT therapists to reflect on their own thoughts illustrates unwittingly how poor some CBT training has become.

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booksThe wilful narrowness of much academic training for mental health professionals never ceases to astonish me.

Its worst effect is that those professionals who have the most impressive qualifications and titles can turn out to be be the least skilled treatment providers, which makes it very difficult for patients who are serious about recovery to find a competent therapist.

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One of the most important organizing principles of a person’s life, traditionally, was felt to be a clear sense of values — ideas to believe in and to be devoted to, a set of ideals more important than an individual life, which therefore could be relied upon as a way for an individual to make choices. This notion of values comes perilously close to the notion in CBT of beliefs, which have the potential to go wrong occasionally and lead an individual astray into a state of emotional disorder.

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The laws of physics are a conceptual analogy for fundamentals of nature that you cannot get around, even though the laws as we know them are man-made. It is intriguing that some of the laws of physics can be extended, by analogy, to other fields like marketing, psychology and psychotherapy.

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