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, ...
(2) A tentative procedure: a method, system of things or course of action adopted in uncertainty whether it will answer the purpose. (3) An action or operation undertaken in order to discover something unknown, to test a hypothesis, ...
The task in therapy is to identify the particular predictions that patients are making and to discover exactly what precautions they are taking to prevent these from coming true. Only by facing what they fear, without taking unnecessary ...
... or when an opportunity is needed to try out a range of different responses in order to discover which works best. For instance, a patient with interpersonal difficulties believed: 'If I express dissatisfaction, I will be rejected'.
It was helpful to discover that feeling sick and disgusted in the presence of vomit was common. Before carrying out a survey, it is important to specify how the patient predicts people will respond. This makes the contrast between ...
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