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Change for the Better


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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

About the Author

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.


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
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
It's tough to combine a wise, compassionate and practical book in one - but this succeeds well -- Julia Bueno

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