Tailoring Empirically Supported Relationship Elements with Cognitive Case Conceptualization

This chapter addresses how to adapt your therapeutic skills to different clients, based on the cognitive case conceptualization. We draw from the evidence-based criteria for specific relational elements and present two different case conceptualization diagrams that we have found helpful in our clinical practice.[1] We also incorporate our combined decades of experience in the therapeutic “saddle” to balance the research data with our own insights and ideas. The goal is to provide you with a framework for adapting generic elements of the therapeutic relationship in a manner that will help your client feel more comfortable with the therapeutic process and ultimately gain more benefit from it.

  • [1] We are grateful to our colleagues who have participated in expert panel discussionswith us on this topic at international congresses (i.e., Kazantzis et al., in press).
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