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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For example, a panic patient might interpret cardiac symptoms as a sign of a heart attack and imminent death, whereas a patient with hypochondriasis is more likely to interpret the symptoms as a sign of cardiovascular disease that will ...
The problematic effects of safety behaviours (for example, attempts to suppress intrusions may increase the frequency of the intrusions) can be convincingly demonstrated. In addition, the potent mixture of inquisitiveness, ...
... (e.g. graded assignments, psychodrama techniques, mindfulness) have been borrowed and adapted from other traditions (e.g. behaviour therapy, gestalt therapy, Buddhist meditation)—see, for example, Edwards (1989) and Segal et al.
A classic example in physics is Galileo's famous experiment of simultaneously dropping a wooden ball and a cannon ball from the leaning Tower of Pisa to test the hypothesis that an object's weight should affect its speed of descent.
To continue with the example of anxiety, cognitive therapy assumes that anxiety is maintained by thoughts of threat, risk, and danger, the nature of which will vary according to the focus of the anxiety. So, for example, a patient whose ...
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