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.

November 2018 CBT Update

Beyond Behavioral Activation: What to Do When Unhelpful Thoughts Hinder Enjoyment

Not all clients benefit from behavioral activation.This was the case with one of my clients, Sam. When we were setting goals, I asked him, “How would your life look different if you were not depressed?” Sam told me that absolutely nothing would be different.

What Contributions Can Humanism Make to Experimental Psychology?

Our findings noted above speak to the rationale for developing a holistic model which aligns closely with humanistic psychology, which traditionally deals with very broad features of human nature not readily observable or measurable: aspirations, values, engagement, investment, etc.

The Principles of Recovery and Values in CBT

The following is a description of a consultation Dr. Beck had about an individual who has schizophrenia. Mary is a 47-year old woman who is upset about hearing voices (and hackers who will not leave her alone). She is divorced, unemployed, and somewhat hopeless. She has a good relationship with her 13-year old son.

Imaginal Dress Rehearsal

My client Charlie had a stressful situation with the doorman at his friends’ apartment building. He was asked to sign in, which he did not want to do and hadn’t had to do in the past, and assumed the doorman was wielding his power.

October 2018 CBT Update

An update of news and resources from October 2018 including recent Training for Organizations and blog posts from Beck Institute faculty.

Raising the Bar for the Field of CBT

Opening remarks from Dr. Judith Beck at the Beck Institute Excellence Summit, October 20, 2018.

Chronic Pain and Opioid Use: The Important Role of CBT Therapists

CBT can help alleviate suffering for patients who have chronic pain and use opioids with the hope of getting relief. The CBT therapist uses many strategies.

Goal Setting: The Shift from Desensitization of the Negative to the Self-Actualization of the Positive

The new emphasis is directed towards the discussion and visualization of the objectives themselves, thus the emphasis is away from removing the blocks to a positive motivation and to the increase of the motivation itself.