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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Ehlers and Clark (2000) suggest that such episodes often represent activation of a fragment of the trauma memory (the terror) without source identification. Physical stimuli that resemble stimuli that were present at the time of the ...
Hence, therapists are particularly interested in patients' appraisals of situations, which can be accessed through their thoughts, images, and memories, and may become a prime target for therapeutic change. Within cognitive theory ...
... which characteristically bias the kind of information individuals attend to, store, and retrieve from memory (e.g. focus on past successes, selectively attend only to mistakes, or recall a catalogue of assaults and robberies).
... the themes that emerge indicate that the following characteristics of BEs may be particularly relevant: ♢ experiential learning ♢ emotional arousal ♢ the encoding of these experiences in memory in different ways at different ...
Evidence supporting the value of the kind of emotional/experiential encoding which might be experienced during BEs can be derived from experimental research on memory. First, heightened emotion usually facilitates remembering, ...
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