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Change for the Better
Personal development through practical psychotherapy

Fifth Edition
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August 2017 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This bestselling book has helped thousands of people find ways of dealing with everyday emotional difficulties, and also supported practitioners and trainee psychotherapists in their work with patients. This fifth edition features up-to- date thinking and practice from Cognitive Analytic Psychotherapy and includes new content on:

·       Trauma and Complex Trauma

·       Mindfulness

·       Relational mapping

·       Group Work.

Further updates include a new foreword, updated references, and new chapter summaries and conclusions.

 

 
Foreword by Dr Jason Hepple
 
Acknowledgements
 
About Cognitive Analytic Therapy
 
About Mindfulness
 
Part One Change is possible
 
1 Why change? What is it that changes? How to begin the process of change
 
Part Two The Building Blocks of Who We Are
Feelings, emotions and relationships: with ourselves and others  
 
2 Understanding relating and core emotional pain
 
3 Problems and dilemmas within relationships
 
Part Three Getting Off the Symptom Hook
 
4 Traps
 
5 Dilemmas
 
6 Snags and self-sabotage
 
Part Four: The Tip of the Emotional Iceberg
 
7 Unbearable and unmanageable feelings
 
8 How unmanageable feelings and beliefs become symptoms
 
Part Five The Emotional Roller-Coaster
 
9 Shifting emotional states and trauma
 
Part Six Gathering Information
 
10 Examining the impact of our beginnings
 
Part Seven Making the Change
 
11 Writing our life story
 
12 Targeting the procedures that create problems and deciding on aims for change
 
13 Maps and diagrams
 
14 Techniques for working through the process of change, and how to hold on to change
 
Part Eight Changing within a Relationship
 
15 Love is not enough
 
Part Nine Resources for Students and Therapists and for Co-counsellors
 
18 The theory and practice of CAT
 
Appendices

The best possible compendium on Cognitive Analytic Therapy, presented clearly and thoughtfully in this latest edition.

Susie Orbach, Psychotherapist

Elizabeth McCormick has the unusual ability to transform psychotherapeutic concepts into a language that enables clients to draw on these models for their own use. This book should be recommended to anyone wishing to understand and work through their suffering and to gain greater clarity and emotional resilience.

Jane Ryan
Director of Confer

This is that rare thing – a wise, compassionate and above all practical book, grounded in years of good psychotherapy practice.  Imbued with the understanding that we are selves in relation to others, it is straightforward without being simplistic.  It delivers what it promises, whether for self-help, a supportive resource in therapy or as a readable introduction to therapeutic change

Glenys Parry, Emeritus Professor
University of Sheffield

It’s tough to combine a wise, compassionate and practical book in one – but this succeeds well

Julia Bueno
UKCP registered Integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1 - Change is Possible


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Elizabeth Wilde McCormick

Elizabeth Wilde McCormick has been in practice as a psychotherapist for over thirty years in both private and NHS settings. She is also a teacher, trainer and writer. Her background is in social psychiatry, humanistic and transpersonal psychology and cognitive analytic therapy. She has had an interest for many years in the interface between psychotherapy and mindfulness and in the process of change. She is a founder member of The Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy and the author of a number of books including Living On The Edge, Surviving Breakdown, The Pale Green Room and Your Heart and You. More About Author

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