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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... set of techniques for discounting specific negative thoughts. Instead, patients were invited to compare two different ways of explaining their problem: on the one hand, the idea that the symptoms they experience are highly dangerous ...
Clark and Wells (1995) proposed that the persistence of the disorder could be understood in terms of a faulty processing style in which attention is turned inwards and internal information (anxious feelings, negative images of oneself, ...
When people are suffering from psychological disorders, automatic thoughts are predominantly negative (e.g. 'What an idiot!', 'I'm useless', 'You can't trust anyone', 'I'll faint!') At the next level, underlying assumptions are ...
It specifies the negative automatic thoughts, assumptions, and core beliefs for a given individual, and suggests hypotheses about the processes maintaining them. The formulation provides the rationale and framework for the selection of ...
... to identify and test negative automatic thoughts, weekly activity schedules to monitor and plan activity, positive data logs to collect evidence which supports the development of new core beliefs; see Greenberger and Padesky 1995).
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