This book proposes a novel method of combining the main approaches to counselling and psychotherapy currently in use into one coherent framework. The authors argue that the cognitive behavioural tradition - largely focused on thought patterns - and the psychodynamic approach - centred on the client’s experience and relationships - can be successfully merged, along with insights from cognitive neuroscience, to form a fruitful synthesis. A perspective that will enable practitioners to appreciate each client’s unique inner world, based on their individual history and environment.
The authors point towards the brain and minds innate ability to understand and learn from experience so as to direct the growth of that inner world. This book elaborates on a way of tapping into this innate growth potential, so as to help clients move forward when they have become trapped in non-productive patterns or mental stalemates. Accordingly, it is a valuable asset for counselling psychologists, counsellors and psychotherapists, as well as for academics and students in these fields.
Ward, T., & Plagnol, A. (in press). Cognitive Psychodynamics as an Integrative Framework in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy. Palgrave MacMillan