From problems to goals

Windy Dryden

in Working with Goals in Psychotherapy and Counselling

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Published in print January 2018 | ISBN: 9780198793687
Published online March 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780191835490 | DOI:
From problems to goals

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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.

Keywords: goals; goal-setting; ‘good’ goals; psychological states; goal negotiation; therapeutic alliance; problems with goals; rational emotive behaviour therapy

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Subjects: Psychotherapy ; Psychosocial Interventions and Psychotherapy

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