Author ORCID Identifier
Lisa M. McAndrew: 0000-0002-1350-8773
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.
McAndrew, Lisa M.; Martin, Jessica L.; Friedlander, Myrna L.; Shaffer, Katherine; Breland, Jessica Y.; Slotkin, Sarah; and Leventhal, Howard, "The Common Sense of Counseling Psychology: Introducing" (2017). Educational & Counseling Psychology Faculty Scholarship. 16.