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January 2019 CBT Update

A collection of the articles, research, and news in Cognitive Behavior Therapy from January.

Cognitive Therapy with and without Medications

A biographical summary from Steven D. Hollon, PhD’s presentation at the 2018 Beck Excellence Summit.

Goal-Setting Part 2: Follow-up after a roleplay with Dr. Aaron Beck

Read feedback from a recent workshop participant. She implemented techniques she learned during a roleplay with Dr. Aaron Beck.

“Hey doc, are you in recovery too?”

Patients sometimes express curiosity about their therapists by asking them personal questions. When treating patients who suffer from alcohol and other substance use disorders, it is not uncommon for therapists to be on the receiving end of questions such as, “Are you in recovery too?” or “Have you ever used [insert name of substance]?” or “Haven’t you ever binge-drank?”

Health Anxiety and Interoceptive Exposure

When a client of mine, Adam, was 22, he received the following diagnosis during a routine physical: elevated liver enzymes. He thought, “Oh my God, I’m going to die.” It was later revealed that the lab results were in error, but as he reported to me ten years later: “This catapulted me into heath anxiety.”