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Month: January 2007

Roleplaying with Aaron Beck

At our Extramural Workshop last week, we had about 40 trainees from around the world participate in a two-day Cognitive Therapy training focused on Anxiety and Panic Disorders (the trainees are mental health professionals enrolled in the Beck Institute's Cognitive Therapy supervision program - they send tapes/CDs or transcripts of therapy sessions to their Beck Institute supervisor for review and feedback, and also participate in our on-site training workshops).      …
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Cognitive Therapy Worldwide: Germany Approves Psychotherapies, CBT included

In the U.S., psychologists and other mental health care providers practice whatever type of therapy they prefer. But in Germany, things are a little different. There's an emphasis on evidence-based therapy (therapy that has been demonstrated to be effective in clinical trials) - including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Here's how Germany's handling mental health care. This info was provided to us by Dr. Michael Linden: Psychotherapies have to be licensed in Germany, similar to…
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What Cognitive Therapy does to your brain…

Cognitive Therapy is well known for being effective for depression (it's twice as effective as medication in preventing relapse) and it's also been shown to work for many other disorders -- but why? How does it work? A major clue to how Cognitive Therapy affects the brain came out in this study two years ago -- researchers were interested in seeing how Cognitive Behavior Therapy affected the brains of depressed people as compared to medication. They hypothesized…
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Another CT Myth… Put on those Rose-Colored Glasses

Here's another one of the most common misunderstandings about Cognitive Therapy:  Myth: Cognitive Therapy simply teaches people to put on "rose-colored glasses" and see everything in a positive light, even if a situation really is negative. Fact: Cognitive Therapy does not try to teach people to view things more positively. What Cognitive Therapy does is teach people to view things more realistically. When someone has a psychiatric disorder, he or she often sees situations in a distorted manner (for an explanation of…
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Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Back Pain

A lot of people know that Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is effective for anxiety, depression, and many other psychiatric problems... But we're guessing that not as many people know that CBT also reduces physical pain associated with many medical disorders and problems. Check out this NY Times article -- it talks about a review of 22 different studies, which show that psychological treatments reduce lower back pain. The two treatments that…
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Judith S. Beck Writes In: Self Disclosure in Cognitive Therapy

I've recently been thinking about Self Disclosure in CT. In traditional psychoanalysis, analysts deliberately refrain from revealing anything about themselves. There is no such prohibition in Cognitive Therapy and I find that I do a lot of self-disclosure to patients whom I think will benefit from it. For patients with perfectionistic standards, I might reveal the standard I apply to myself and have taught my children: To try to do…
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