Therapeutic strategies and techniques in early cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Examination of the early phase of therapy is of growing importance. Early improvement in client symptoms and functioning is associated with positive posttreatment outcomes and reduced premature termination, including in cognitive-behavioral-oriented treatments. This article focuses on 3 strategies salient in the early phase of cognitive-behavioral therapy, including the provision of a rationale and goal-oriented framework, cultivating an attitude of collaborative empiricism, and initiating objective client self-monitoring. A description and rationale, relevant supporting research, and case examples are presented for each component. Finally, practical recommendations are offered for therapists and trainees to implement these strategies in their own practice. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)