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Overcoming Resistance in Cognitive Therapy
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This practical guide presents Leahy's multidimensional model of resistance in cognitive therapy. Richly illustrated with case examples and session vignettes, the book addresses a variety of ways that clients may resist basic therapeutic procedures: noncompliance with agenda setting and homework assignments, splitting transference with other therapists, inappropriate behavior, and premature termination. Underlying processes of resistance are explored, from the desire for validation to risk aversion and self-handicapping. Also highlighted are ways that the therapist's own responses may inadvertently impede change. Provided are innovative tools for getting treatment back on track, including targeted interventions, in-session "experiments," and questionnaires and graphic models to share with clients.
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction. I. Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations. 2. Models of Resistance. 3. Resistance to Procedure. II. Dimensions of Resistance. 4. Validation Resistance. 5. Self-Consistency. 6. Schematic Resistance. 7. Moral Resistance: Compulsive Responsibility. 8. Victim Resistance. 9. Risk Aversion and Depressive Resistance. 10. Self-Handicapping. III. Cognitive Therapy and Countertransference. 11. Evaluating the Countertransference. 12. Using the Countertransference. 13. Conclusions

About the Author

Robert L. Leahy, PhD, is Director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy in New York and Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. He is the author or editor of numerous books on cognitive therapy and psychological processes. Dr. Leahy is past president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy, and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He is a recipient of the Aaron T. Beck Award for Sustained and Enduring Contributions to Cognitive Therapy.

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"This book fills a major gap in the cognitive therapy literature, one that may often account for failure to attain therapeutic goals. The author, while committed to a cognitive model, shows a willingness to mine other therapeutic traditions for ideas that cognitive therapists can use. He has developed a well-thought-through typology of types of resistance, and provides a richness of clinical example and precise formulations of actions the therapist can take to help the patient overcome each type. This book will be an excellent text in courses in all the therapeutic disciplines. It will be especially useful for students in such professions as social work, who will encounter many clients who are induced by environmental and socialization influences to erect barriers to change."--Charles Garvin, PhD, School of Social Work, University of Michigan "For any cognitive-behavioral clinician who has ever asked, 'Why am I having such a difficult time helping my client change?', Leahy has provided an engaging, thought-provoking, integrative text that addresses this question most effectively. The text will appeal to therapists at all levels of experience, offering interesting variations on conceptual themes about why clients think and act in ways that maintain their problematic status quo in life, and in therapy. The book also succeeds in guiding therapists to assess and manage their own unwitting contributions to their clients' resistance, and thus become more adept in helping clients to progress."-Cory F. Newman, PhD, ABPP, Director, Center for Cognitive Therapy, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine "Every so often, a clinical text is written that offers an innovative, rich perspective on a previously neglected problem of immense clinical importance. This volume achieves such heights. A 'must read' for any clinician who has been challenged by resistance in the therapy session, the volume is full of practical insight and treatment suggestions presented in a scholarly, thoughtful, and yet pragmatic fashion. Leahy addresses a significant gap in the cognitive-behavioral literature, integrating his clinical experience with psychoanalytic, behavioral, developmental, social, and cognitive theory and research on the topic. Whether a novice or expert in cognitive therapy, the reader will find this a stimulating and thought-provoking text with immediate application to the therapy session. It will be a valuable resource for graduate courses or professional workshops on cognitive therapy."-David A. Clark, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of New Brunswick, Canada "This volume fills an important gap. In his inimitable style, Robert Leahy addresses a topic that has been neglected by cognitive-behavioral therapists: how to work effectively with the client who is reluctant to embrace the many technical interventions the therapy offers. The book is easy to read and immediately useful to all cognitive-behavioral therapists, from students to experienced clinicians. This book will serve as an excellent supplementary text for graduate courses in cognitive-behavioral therapy. It is thought-provoking and rich, with dozens of clinical examples of effective work by an experienced and masterful therapist."-Jacqueline B. Persons, PhD, San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy, and University of California, Berkeley

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