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.
A medical colleague indicated that the distinctive pattern of breathing constituted hyperventilation and expressed the view that this would generate anxiety by reducing the body's CO2 level and instigating other biochemical changes.
Cognitive therapists may focus on disrupting the vicious circles of cognition, behaviour, emotions, and physical reactions maintaining the problem, and on reducing vulnerability to the problem's recurrence. For instance, a frequently ...
He could achieve a balanced view once he calmed down, but felt powerless to reduce his embarrassment more quickly. He coped by not thinking about it. The therapist conducted a small, on-the-spot experiment on thought suppression.
In many cases, the aim should eventually be to reduce belief in old cognitions to zero or close to zero. To facilitate this, therapists can ask questions like 'What would have to happen to bring this down to zero?
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