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Counselling for Psychosomatic Problems
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Counselling for Psychosomatic Problems

  • Diana Sanders - Counselling Psychologist and BABCP Accredited Cognitive Psychotherapist in Independent Practice, Oxford


June 1996 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
New approaches from cognitive therapy have made significant advances toward helping clients with psychosomatic problems. A practical and comprehensive guide, Counseling for Psychosomatic Problems presents a cognitive way of working with clients who present for counseling with physical symptoms, but where psychological issues or problems are causing or maintaining those symptoms. While taking the reader through the different stages of the counseling process, author Diana Sanders examines common somatic problems, such as atypical chest pain, and covers the factors that maintain the problems. She not only discusses the difficulties of clearly defining whether an illness is physical or psychological but also probes the inherent challenges of working with clients who may not see the relevance of counseling to their somatic problems. This guide also addresses psychological categories and terminology as well as techniques for developing the therapeutic process. This volume will be particularly informative to professionals, researchers, and researchers in counseling and social work.

 
PART ONE: PSYCHOSOMATIC PROBLEMS AND WORKING WITHIN A COGNITIVE FRAMEWORK
 
What Are Psychosomatic Problems? Definition and Diagnosis
 
Understanding Psychosomatic Problems
 
Key Issues in Working with Clients with Psychosomatic Problems
 
PART TWO: APPLYING THE COGNITIVE MODEL TO COUNSELLING FOR PSYCHOSOMATIC PROBLEMS
 
Beginning Counselling
Assessment and Developing a Case Conceptualization

 
 
The Middle Stages of Counselling
Techniques and Coping Strategies

 
 
The Middle Stages of Counselling
Themes, Beliefs and Assumptions

 
 
Difficulties and Problems in Counselling for Psychosomatic Problems
 
Ending Counselling and Long-Term Coping

`There are all too few texts on the clinical challenges of working in health care. Diana Sanders... writes in a jargon-free style and includes helpful case examples to illustrate the interventions under discussion... She writes illuminatingly on the detailed processes of applying cognitive therapy in health care' - The Psychologist

`Diana Sanders writes clearly and coherently within the cognitive model, making it accessible to those counsellors and psychotherapists who do not work in this way. The book is obviously grounded in clinical experience and she illustrates her points with plausible imaginary case examples which bring the text alive... for any counsellor working within a GP practice and of interest to those in private practice' - Counselling, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling

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