Applying Client Creativity to Recurrent Problems: Constructing Possibilities and Tolerating Doubt

Mooney, Kathleen A.; Padesky, Christine A.
June 2000
Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy;Summer2000, Vol. 14 Issue 2, p149
Academic Journal
Cognitive therapists are encouraged to work with underlying assumptions rather than core beliefs when helping clients with recurrent problems. The importance of engaging client creativity to solve recurrent problems is emphasized along with three central themes: construction of new possibilities, a persistent focus on the new underlying assumptions rather than the old, and tolerance for ambiguity and doubt. A detailed case example is presented to demonstrate this approach. Also, the use of cultural or personal icons to enhance client creativity is illustrated.


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