Cognitive behaviour therapy: teaching a client the ABC model — the first step towards the process of change

Authors

  • Danny Lam RMN RNT PGCE DipGH GMR BSc BA MSc MA MSc,

    1. Senior Lecturer/Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, Kingston University and St George’s Medical School, St George’s Hospital, Kingston, England,
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  • Julie Gale RNMH Certificate Ed RNT BSc Diploma in counselling & supervision

    1. Principal Lecturer, Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, Kingston University and St George’s Medical School, St George’s Hospital, Kingston, England
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Danny Lam Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, Kingston University and St George’s Medical School, 2nd Floor, Grosvenor WQing, Blackshaw Road, London SW17 OQT, England.

Abstract

Cognitive behaviour therapy: teaching a client the ABC model — the first steps towards the process of change

Research suggests that clients need to be made aware of the relationship between thinking and emotional and behavioural reactions at the start of the therapeutic work. This paper looks at the clinical processes of educating the client about this relationship in a seven-step ABC model. Rationales for each of the seven steps are given. The model illustrates the process of generating alternative beliefs in relation to a negative event and shows consequences of holding helpful and unhelpful beliefs.

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