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Behav Cogn Psychother. 2010 Jan;38(1):83-93. doi: 10.1017/S135246580999049X. Epub 2009 Nov 19.

The science and art of asking questions in cognitive therapy.

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  • 1Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust, UK. ianjamesncht@yahoo.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Questions underpin all aspects of therapeutic assessment and intervention and are a vital component of the clinical process. Over recent years frameworks have started to be applied to obtain a greater understanding of questioning formats and processes.

METHOD:

This paper examines the use of questions in cognitive therapy (CT). An overview of the main types of questions identified in the literature is presented. In addition, we examine a range of client and therapist characteristics that may impact on the questioning process.

CONCLUSIONS:

Asking questions in therapy is a complex, yet under-taught, skill. This paper provides a set of frameworks to assist in identifying helpful and unhelpful questioning skills. Thus the article has implications for further training and research.

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19922709
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