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Change for the Better

Change for the Better
Personal development through practical psychotherapy

Fifth Edition
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July 2017 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This bestselling book has helped thousands of people find ways of dealing with everyday emotional difficulties, and also supported practitioners and trainee psychotherapists in their work with patients. This fifth edition features up-to- date thinking and practice from Cognitive Analytic Psychotherapy and includes new content on:

·       Trauma and Complex Trauma

·       Mindfulness

·       Relational mapping

·       Group Work.

Further updates include a new foreword, updated references, and new chapter summaries and conclusions.


Foreword by Dr Jason Hepple
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

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
Director of Confer

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
University of Sheffield

It’s tough to combine a wise, compassionate and practical book in one – but this succeeds well

Julia Bueno
UKCP registered Integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Have used previous editions

Mr Maninder Bains
WALDEN, Walden The Roots
October 25, 2021
Key features

1)      Need: Trainees on CAT and integrative courses needs to learn about the theory and research behind Cognitive Analytic Therapy

Feature: This training resource simplifies complex psychological theory and research in everyday language.

Benefit: Readers can understand how the theory applies to everyday emotional difficulties and scenarios.


2)      Need: Practitioners need their clients to work through their emotional difficulties outside of the therapy room

Feature: the author provides a virtual therapist working practically with the reader through various questionnaires, exercises and diagrams

Benefit: this is a self-help text that can anyone can use on their own at home, or in a shared therapeutic relationship.


3)      Need: Trainees need to work on their personal development, alongside their professional development and academic learning

Feature: As above, the exercises, questionnaires and pedagogical features can be worked through to help readers identify their feelings, why they feel that way, who they are, and how to develop

Benefit: this book supports not only academic teaching about CAT, but also trainees personal development


4)      Need: Lecturers need up-to-date content that reflects recent developments in CAT research and practice

Feature: new content on Group Work; Trauma; Mindfulness; Relational Mapping

Benefit: Lecturers can feel confident that students are gaining the most current understanding of CAT theory and practices

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1 - Change is Possible

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