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Lisa M. McAndrew: 0000-0002-1350-8773

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The goal of therapy is typically to improve clients’ self-management of their problems, not only during the course of therapy but also after therapy ends. Although it seems obvious that therapists are interested in improving client’s self-management, the psychotherapy literature has little to say on the topic. This article introduces Leventhal’s Common-Sense Model of Self-Regulation, a theoretical model of the self-management of health, and applies the model to the therapeutic process. The Common-Sense Model proposes that people develop illness representations of health threats and these illness representations guide self-management. The model has primarily been used to understand how people self-manage physical health problems, we propose it may also be useful to understand self-management of mental health problems. The Common-Sense Model’s strengths-based perspective is a natural fit for the work of counseling psychologists. In particular, the model has important practical implicationsfor addressing how clients understand mental health problems over the course of treatment and self-manage these problems during and after treatment.


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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Counselling Psychology Quarterly on 08/11/2017. The version of record can be found here: Lisa M. McAndrew, Jessica L. Martin, Myrna L. Friedlander, Katharine Shaffer, Jessica Y. Breland, Sarah Slotkin & Howard Leventhal (2018) The common sense of counseling psychology: introducing the Common-Sense Model of self-regulation, Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 31:4, 497-512, DOI: 10.1080/09515070.2017.1336076