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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Such a programme would involve a close working relationship between patient and therapist in which collaborative empiricism and guided discovery are key principles. As Beck et al. (1979) clearly stated, a behavioural experiment can only ...
Cognitive theory suggests that psychological disorders do not arise from events per se (e.g. a traumatic incident or the loss of a job or relationship). Problems arise from the meanings individuals give to events, filtered through the ...
As in other forms of therapy, the quality of the therapeutic relationship is central to effectiveness in cognitive therapy (Beck et al. 1979; Keijsers et al. 2000). From the outset, Beck recognized that warmth, empathy, genuineness, ...
... safety of the therapeutic relationship (see Chapter 19). A variety of therapeutic strategies are used in cognitive therapy—some verbal, some imaginal, some interactive, some behavioural and experiential (see Beck 1995; Hawton et al.
In the next sections, we examine how the idea of BEs in cognitive therapy has been informed by their relationship to scientific experimentation, and by the focus on behaviour in behaviour therapy.
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