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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Each of these points can be elegantly demonstrated by experiments in which focus of attention, safety behaviours, and/or self-imagery are manipulated. With respect to self-imagery, video feedback has proved a particularly powerful way ...
... experiments are amongst the most central, and the most powerful, interventions in cognitive therapy, there is a dearth of relevant literature which provides a practical, how-to-do-it focus for their design and implementation.
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 and anxiety disorders), as well as those which have only more ...
For instance, it was asserted that: ♢ 'Mind' was not a legitimate object for enquiry ♢ The problem was the patient's behaviour, rather than invisible (and untestable) processes such as the unconscious ♢ The focus of assessment and ...
... for instance, the extent to which we are able to shift our attention away from a focus on threat or loss, or the extent to which we get stuck in ruminative styles of thought, or thinking in an all-or-nothing manner (Beck et al.
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