Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond

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Guilford Publications, May 19, 1995 - Medical - 338 pages
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Since its development in the 1960s as a structured, short-term psychotherapy for depression, cognitive therapy has come of age. Today the approach is successfully applied in the treatment of a broad range of psychological disorders, an evolution reflected in the myriad titles now available. Regardless of the disorder, all these applications are based on core, underlying principles, which are clearly articulated in this volume. Providing readers with a solid foundation for practice, Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond delineates the fundamental building blocks of cognitive conceptualization and treatment.

Written in a clear, step-by-step style, this text helps therapists sharpen their conceptualization skills, plan more effective treatment, expand their repertoire of techniques, and trouble-shoot difficulties. Throughout the volume, the author offers clinical examples and transcripts drawn from one patient's treatment to illuminate the narrative and illustrate cognitive therapy in action.

Introductory chapters describe how to conceptualize clients according to the cognitive model, plan and conduct the first session, identify initial problems and goals, and structure therapy within and across sessions. Then the basic steps for conducting cognitive therapy are presented, with specific instruction on how to identify, evaluate, and respond to a client's automatic thoughts. Effective strategies for modifying underlying assumptions and core beliefs are also explicated.

Methods for increasing homework compliance, preparing for termination, and preventing relapse are laid out. Even experienced cognitive therapists will find new strategies and insights in chapters on planning treatment, diagnosing problems, using imagery, and bringing about behavioral change.

In addition to numerous practical suggestions, this volume features a variety of sample patient worksheets and appendices that detail resource materials and reading lists for both the practitioner and the client. A final chapter offers guidance in progressing as a cognitive therapist.

An important resource for any therapist's shelf, Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond is necessary reading for the practitioner or student new to cognitive therapy who wants to learn about this tested approach, and for the clinician already practicing cognitive therapy who wants to learn the cutting-edge strategies of conceptualization and treatment.

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If you are looking for a comprehensive textbook on how to practice pure cognitive therapy, this book is it. Judith Beck is of course the daughter of Aaron Beck, one of the founders of Cognitive ... Read full review

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Great Book. Well written and very thorough. CBT is often criticized as being shallow and overly technical. Dr. Beck's book teaches that the use of focus, planning, and structure can lead to meaningful work on core issues. The book covers the technique of CBT in exhaustive detail and many professionals and laymen can benefit from it's content. At times it seems repetitive but it says what it needs to say. I look forward to learning more about this technique in the coming weeks. 

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Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., is Director of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research in suburban Philadelphia, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been invloved in training cognitive therapists for the past 10 years. In addition to supervising intramural and extramural supervisees, she is an acclaimed speaker and has presented numerous workshops nationally and internationally on cognitive therapy for depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and panic disorders, personality disorders, relapse prevention, and couples problems.

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