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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Salkovskis' (1988, 1991) perceptive analysis proved remarkably fruitful as it transpired that most panic disorder patients engaged in a wide range of in-situation safety behaviours. An effective behavioural experiment followed from 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 ...
'I'm useless', 'You can't trust anyone', 'I'll faint!') At the next level, underlying assumptions are operating principles or rules which generalize across situations ('If I take a challenge of any sort, ...
... approach—and the one which some would consider the only true form of experiment—involves a deliberate manipulation of some aspect of the world: some method of intentionally changing things to produce a particular event or situation.
... emotional change is assumed to occur with the passage of time through the process of habituation, whereas for the cognitive therapist, the aim is to help the patient to conclude that the situation is not really dangerous.
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