Oxford Guide to Behavioural Experiments in Cognitive Therapy
Behavioural experiments are one of the central and most powerful methods of intervention in cognitive therapy. Yet until now, there has been no volume specifically dedicated to guiding physicians who wish to design and implement behavioural experiments across a wide range of clinical problems. The Oxford Guide to Behavioural Experiments in Cognitive Therapy fills this gap. It is written by clinicians for clinicians. It is a practical, easy to read handbook, which is relevant for practising clinicians at every level, from trainees to cognitive therapy supervisors. Following a foreword by David Clark, the first two chapters provide a theoretical and practical background for the understanding and development of behavioural experiments. Thereafter, the remaining chapters of the book focus on particular problem areas. These include problems which have been the traditional focus of cognitive therapy (e.g. depression, anxiety disorders), as well as those which have only more recently become a subject of study (bipolar disorder, psychotic symptoms), and some which are still in their relative infancy (physical health problems, brain injury). The book also includes several chapters on transdiagnostic problems, such as avoidance of affect, low self-esteem, interpersonal issues, and self-injurious behaviour. A final chapter by Christine Padesky provides some signposts for future development. Containing examples of over 200 behavioural experiments, this book will be of enormous practical value for all those involved in cognitive behavioural therapy, as well as stimulating exploration and creativity in both its readers and their patients.
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Keen to experience the process for myself, I vigorously hyperventilated and was surprised to discover that although I experienced many body sensations, I did not feel particularly anxious. This observation led to an early, ...
Clark and Wells (1995) proposed that the persistence of the disorder could be understood in terms of a faulty processing style in which attention is turned inwards and internal information (anxious feelings, negative images of oneself, ...
For example, the patient may try to answer the question: 'If I go to the supermarket alone and do not take my usual precautions, will I actually faint (as my existing belief would predict) or will I just feel anxious (the prediction of ...
For example, a patient with health anxiety was asked to observe and record the effects of other people's reassurance on his anxious preoccupation with bodily symptoms. He noticed that his preoccupation diminished for a short time ...
For instance, a therapist might set up an in-session experiment in which a socially anxious patient would hold two conversations: one where (as usual) she focused on how she was feeling and how she thought she was coming across, ...
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