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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In session, discussions of the evidence for and against a particular belief are common. However, in his first comprehensive treatment manual (Beck et al. 1979, p. 56), Beck also pointed out that 'a powerful method with which to ...
The reader will find here an impressive compendium of commonly used behavioural experiments, along with practical guidance in how to set up the experiments and how to discuss the results with patients. As the authors point out (see ...
This may initially be disconcerting, but in fact is helpful information and facilitates discussion of how far one should allow others' opinions to influence one's own, and what reasons they might have for thinking as they do.
It is particularly important to be sensitive to, and discuss, doubts and fears about experiments. Situation-specific negative automatic thoughts may require only one (or a few) welltargeted experiments, and so make straightforward ...
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