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Counselling for Psychosomatic Problems

by Sanders D SAGE Publications Ltd
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New approaches from cognitive therapy have made significant advances towards helping clients with psychosomatic problems. This practical and comprehensive guide describes a cognitive way of working with clients who present for counselling with physical symptoms, but where psychological issues or problems are causing or maintaining those symptoms.The author looks at what is meant by psychosomatic problems, discussing the difficulties in clearly defining whether an illness is physical or psychological, and the further difficulties inherent in working with clients who may not see the relevance of counselling to their somatic problems. With illustrations of common somatic problems - such as atypical chest pain - Diana Sanders covers the factors that maintain the problems and the client's schema, beliefs and assumptions that may underlie them. She takes the reader through the different stages of the counselling process, explains the psychological categories and terminology used to describe this client group, and addresses key counselling issues in working with them. These issues include: how to engage clients in counselling; how to work with clients to formulate and conceptualize their problems; how to develop counselling goals with clients; and how to help clients work towards those goals.This clearly-written book is accessible to all counsellors, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses and other medical professionals who may find this particular client group difficult to help within traditional medical practice.

PART ONE: PSYCHOSOMATIC PROBLEMS AND WORKING WITHIN A COGNITIVE FRAMEWORK What Are Psychosomatic Problems? Definition and Diagnosis Understanding Psychosomatic Problems Key Issues in Working with Clients with Psychosomatic Problems PART TWO: APPLYING THE COGNITIVE MODEL TO COUNSELLING FOR PSYCHOSOMATIC PROBLEMS Beginning Counselling Assessment and Developing a Case Conceptualization The Middle Stages of Counselling Techniques and Coping Strategies The Middle Stages of Counselling Themes, Beliefs and Assumptions Difficulties and Problems in Counselling for Psychosomatic Problems Ending Counselling and Long-Term Coping

`There are all too few texts on the clinical challenges of working in health care. Diana Sanders... writes in a jargon-free style and includes helpful case examples to illustrate the interventions under discussion... She writes illuminatingly on the detailed processes of applying cognitive therapy in health care' - The Psychologist

`Diana Sanders writes clearly and coherently within the cognitive model, making it accessible to those counsellors and psychotherapists who do not work in this way. The book is obviously grounded in clinical experience and she illustrates her points with plausible imaginary case examples which bring the text alive... for any counsellor working within a GP practice and of interest to those in private practice' - Counselling, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling

Diana Sanders is a counselling psychologist with the Oxfordshire Mental Healthcare NHS Trust and a research psychologist at Oxford University. Her publications include Coping with Periods (Chambers, 1985).