December 2018 CBT Update

You Believe in Me

Years ago I asked many of the individuals whom I treated.  “What accounted for your improvement in treatment?” Not infrequently, instead of attributing their improvement to the therapeutic strategies, they would often reply “You believed in me.”

If You Weren’t Overeating, What Would You Be Doing More Of? Less Of?

Susan reported being 60 pounds over her ideal body weight. She had tried many diets that resulted in weight loss but were followed by regain once she returned to her typical eating habits.

Motivation

Once motivation is identified as a target mechanism of change, the big question is how to increase the individuals’ motivation and effort to engage in the activities that will restore them to mental health.