Collaboration in Cognitive-Behavioural Counselling: A Case Example

  • Noorfarah Merali
  • Patrick Lynch


This paper describes the use of collaborative empiricism in Cognitive-Behavioural Counselling. While some people view clients of Cognitive-Behavioural Counsellors to be passive recipients of interventions, counsellor-client collaboration is an integral aspect of the conceptualization of humans as active beings. This is a fundamental tenet of Cognitive Behavioural approaches. The case of a 73-year-old male client presenting with panic attacks is used to illustrate the importance of counsellor-client collaboration in promoting the selection of appropriate interventions and in facilitating client engagement in the counselling process. The use of investigative record-keeping assisted the counsellor and client in this case to gather baseline information about the panic attacks, and provided clues about contextual triggers and appropriate solutions.
How to Cite
Merali, N., & Lynch, P. (2007). Collaboration in Cognitive-Behavioural Counselling: A Case Example. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 31(4). Retrieved from
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