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Using CBT to Respond to COVID-19

By Allen R. Miller, PhD, MBA The absence of consistent and reliable information about the coronavirus seems to be increasing people’s anxiety. They often think, “I don’t know what to do”;  “Am I doing the right thing”; and “What else should I be doing?” No wonder they feel confused and overwhelmed. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is uniquely suited to help people gain control of their lives and feel better. Public…
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A Message Regarding COVID-19 From Dr. Judith Beck

Dear Beck Institute Community, I hope that you are staying well and finding ways to navigate the new challenges brought about by the current health crisis surrounding COVID-19. For me, this crisis illustrates how interconnected we are, even across the globe. As leaders in CBT, Beck Institute has much to offer the world right now. Here are the ways we are responding to COVID-19: First, we remain open for business!…
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Value-Focused Treatment in CBT for Depression

By Dr. Robert Hindman, PhD Laura, one of my clients diagnosed with depression, started treatment by saying, “I just don’t feel good enough to do anything.” Laura had decided to start cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) with me after seeing a traditional supportive therapist for about two years without experiencing the improvement she desired. I asked Laura what her previous therapy focused on. She said, “We were trying to figure out…
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The Road to Freedom: CBT for Chronic Pain and Opioid Use

By Allen R. Miller, PhD, MBA In Part One of this two-part piece focused on CBT for Chronic Pain and Opioid Use, I discussed my past personal reservations about working with clients of this type and the strategies I used to counteract my own related automatic negative thoughts. In this post, I’d like to share the story of a particularly remarkable client who benefited from CBT techniques and the way…
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Difficult Rewards: Chronic Pain and Opioid Use

By Allen R. Miller, PhD, MBA Many therapists tell me that they don’t want to work with clients who have chronic pain, particularly clients who rely on opioids to manage their pain. They cite the complexities of understanding the cases, the attitudes of the clients, and poor outcomes as reasons to avoid working with these cases when there is an abundance of other “easier” cases with which to work. To…
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Remembering Beck Institute’s Founding Executive Director, Naomi Dank, PhD

Naomi Dank at Beck Institute's office in Bala Cynwyd. Over the past 25 years, Beck Institute has continued to innovate and grow to reflect the field of CBT. The progress of our organization owes a great deal to the strong foundation built by our first Executive Director, Naomi Dank. We are sorry to report that Naomi passed away at the age of 95 on December 1, 2019. Many in our…
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