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Aug 2014 by PCI College

Bite-Sized Book Review 'Person-Centred Therapy and CBT: Siblings Not Rivals' by Roger Casemore & Jeremy Tudway

PCI College President Eoin Stephens reviews 'Person-Centred Therapy and CBT: Siblings Not Rivals', a book he has high expectations for.

This week I am reviewing “Person-Centred Therapy & CBT: Siblings not Rivals” by Roger Casemore and Jeremy Tudway, both of the University of Warwick.

It’s been on my shelf for over a year, and I had high expectations; it is addressing an interesting, timely topic, and I have generally had positive experience with books published by Sage.

However, my expectations were not met to any great extent.

First of all, I felt the book was not very clearly written (perhaps a risk with a two-author book).

Secondly, within the CBT family the authors only discuss the REBT approach, with little consideration for other CBT approaches (the most glaring exception being Beck’s Cognitive Therapy). This minimises the differences between the approaches, making it easier to see common underlying philosophical strands such as Humanism, Existentialism and Phenomenology. While this is useful and accurate as far as it goes, it doesn’t really face up to the main difficulty that many Person-Centred therapists have with CBT, namely its interest in working with at least some DSM categories.

Finally, the authors are explicitly not interested in an Integrative approach, only in greater dialogue between approaches. While I agree with their emphasis on questioning our prejudices and stereotypes about unfamiliar approaches, and the role dialogue can play in this, I don’t believe this is enough for the future of therapy and the needs of clients.

Eoin Stephens (August 2014)
PCI College President

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