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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... the symptoms as a sign of cardiovascular disease that will lead to physical handicap or death in months or years. Clearly, it is impossible to disconfirm the idea that someone may die in months or years in a treatment lasting weeks.
This explains why, for one person, a promotion at work is a cause for celebration and excitement, while, for another person, it represents the potential for failure and may lead to anxiety. Hence, therapists are particularly interested ...
Second, the BE's focus on behaviour followed behaviour therapy's lead—albeit with a new focus on cognition—in recognizing that doing things differently is a powerful means to change both cognition and affect. Again, this represented a ...
... and conceptually within the traditions of empirical science, psychotherapy, and cognitive therapy 2 to review clinical and empirical evidence for their effectiveness 3 to reflect on what it is about BEs that leads to change.
... of her discoveries for the formulation and treatment plan. Her observations might also lead towards a new perspective to be tested through future experiments, for example: 'If I forget myself, meeting people can be fun'.
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