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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Whilst observing the patient's remarkable failure to show habituation during long periods of exposure, I noticed that she had episodes of markedly increased anxiety (panic attacks) during which she breathed quickly and deeply.
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, ...
... introspective data provide a wealth of testable hypotheses', he was articulating the concerns of an increasing number of clinicians frustrated by behaviourists' disregard for a valuable source of data and understanding—cognition.
... and retrieve from memory (e.g. focus on past successes, selectively attend only to mistakes, or recall a catalogue of assaults and robberies). For present purposes, it should be noted that dysfunctional schemas are held to increase ...
The initial focus of therapy is often on increasing the level of activity and testing negative thoughts; later, relapse prevention strategies may focus on reducing vulnerability to future episodes. As in other forms of therapy, ...
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