Cognitive Therapy: 100 Key Points and Techniques

Cognitive Therapy: 100 Key Points and Techniques

Cognitive Therapy: 100 Key Points and Techniques

Cognitive Therapy: 100 Key Points and Techniques

Synopsis

Cognitive Therapy: 100 Key Pointsis a crisp, concise elaboration of the 100 main features of the most popular and best validated approach within the field of cognitive behaviour therapy. The 100 key points cover cognitive therapy theory and practice, and examine misconceptions about this approach. Divided into helpful sections, topics covered include assessment, homework, ways of detecting NATS, uncovering core beliefs and relapse prevention.This neat, usable book is an essential guide for psychotherapists and counsellors, both in training and in practice, who need to ensure they are entirely familiar with the key features of cognitive behavioural therapy.

Excerpt

Cognitive therapy (CT) was developed by Aaron T. Beck (b. 1921), an American psychiatrist, at the University of Pennsylvania in the early 1960s (J. S. Beck, 1995). CT seeks to ameliorate clients' emotional distress by helping them to identify, examine and modify the distorted and maladaptive thinking underlying their distress. Beck's approach initially focused on research into and the treatment of depression (Beck et al., 1979), but in the last two decades CT has been applied to an ever-increasing number of disorders, including anxiety and phobias (Beck et al., 1985), substance abuse (Beck et al., 1993), personality disorder (Sperry, 1999), obsessive-compulsive disorder (Salkovskis, 1999), post-traumatic stress disorder (Ehlers and Clark, 2000), psychosis (Morrison, 2001), bipolar disorder (Newman et al., 2002), and populations such as psychiatric inpatients (Wright et al., 1993), patients with chronic medical problems (White, 2001), children and adolescents (Friedberg and McClure, 2002), and older people (Laidlaw et al., 2003). CT has become the most popular and best-validated approach within the field of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT); seventeen different approaches in this field have been listed (Mahoney and Gabriel, 1987).

In this book we will elaborate on 100 key points and techniques of cognitive therapy. Each elaboration will be of varying length. The 100 points and techniques will cover CT theory and practice, and examine misconceptions about this approach. The book is aimed primarily at

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