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(p. 139) From problems to goals: Identifying ‘good’ goals in psychotherapy and counselling
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(p. 139) From problems to goals: Identifying ‘good’ goals in psychotherapy and counselling
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Windy Dryden

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10.1093/med-psych/9780198793687.003.0007
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date: 17 October 2018

The goal of this chapter, ‘From problems to goals: identifying ‘good’ goals in psychotherapy and counselling’, is to outline what makes a ‘good’ goal for therapy. Much of the discussion in this chapter is influenced by the theory underpinning rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT). It is argued that negotiating goals make most sense when a clear understanding has been arrived at concerning the psychological state of the client. Distinctions are made among the psychological states of disturbance, dissatisfaction, and development. It is proposed that goals can be negotiated with respect to each psychological state, and these processes are illustrated with clinical examples. Various problems with respect to goals are identified and discussed.

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