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Change for the Better
Self-Help through Practical Psychotherapy

Fourth Edition


April 2012 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Change for the Better is for anyone interested in making lasting changes in both their inner and outer lives. It uses a conversational style to help readers identify their own learned patterns of thinking and relating that underlie and contribute to emotional suffering such depression, anxiety, phobia, eating disorders, relationship and psychosomatic problems. It shows readers how to reflect upon their difficulties, identify problems in relating, and stop and revise attitudes that are out of date. Mindfulness- based experiential exercises are incorporated throughout to help nourish self awareness and change.

This bestselling book has helped many people find ways of dealing with everyday emotional difficulties, and also practitioners of psychotherapy work with their patients. Its continuing popularity has prompted this Fourth Edition which features up to date thinking and practice from Cognitive Analytic Psychotherapy and from mindfulness.

 
INTRODUCTION
 
About Cognitive Analytic Therapy
 
About Mindfulness
 
PART ONE: WHO ARE WE? WHAT ARE WE MADE OF? WHAT CAN CHANGE?
 
Change Is Possible
 
PART TWO: THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF WHO WE ARE: FEELINGS, EMOTIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS: WITH OURSELVES AND OTHERS
 
Understanding Relating: Reciprocal Relationship Procedures
 
Problems and Dilemmas within Relationships
 
PART THREE: GETTING OFF THE SYMPTOM HOOK: NAMING THE PROBLEM
 
Traps
 
Dilemmas
 
Snags and Self-Sabotage
 
PART FOUR: THE TIP OF THE EMOTIONAL ICEBERG: EMOTIONAL STATES, DEPRESSION AND SYMPTOMS
 
Unbearable and Unmanageable Feelings
 
How Unmanageable Feelings Become Symptoms
 
PART FIVE: THE EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER
 
The Challenge of Shifting States
 
Living on the Borderline
 
PART SIX: GATHERING INFORMATION
 
Examining the Impact of Our Beginnings
 
PART SEVEN: MAKING THE CHANGE
 
Writing Our Life Story
 
Targeting the Procedures That Create Problems and Deciding on Aims for Change
 
Putting a Diagram in Your Pocket
 
Techniques for Working through the Process of Change
 
PART EIGHT: CHANGING WITHIN A RELATIONSHIP
 
Love Is Not Enough
 
PART NINE: HOLDING ONTO CHANGE
 
Creative Ways of Practising with and Holding on to Change
 
PART TEN: RESOURCE DIRECTORY FOR THERAPISTS
 
CAT Skills
 
CAT Theory and Practice
 
CAT Research

'An unusual self- help book with real depth' -
Sue Gerhardt, author of Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain


'This is a good book made better. It retains the clear writing and useful exercises of earlier editions but manages to invite an even more comprehensive exploration of the self' -
Dr Anthony Ryle, pioneer of CAT at Guy's and St Thomas' hospitals


'This is a really welcome guide to modern therapy - blending traditional psychological wisdom with a practical cognitive programme that anyone can follow' - Philip Hodson, psychotherapist and broadcaster

Elizabeth Wilde McCormick

Elizabeth Wilde McCormick has been in practice as a psychotherapist for over thirty years in different NHS and private settings. Her background is in social psychiatry, humanistic and transpersonal psychology, sensorimotor psychotherapy and cognitive analytic therapy. She is a founder member of the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy and the author of a number of self help books, in particular Change For The better, Living On the Edge and, with Nigel Wellings, Nothing to Lose. In the last ten years she has developed a particular interest in the practice of mindfulness and its contribution to psychotherapy. More About Author

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ISBN: 9781446208151
£28.99