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Category: Aaron T. Beck

Does Cognitive Therapy = Cognitive Behavior Therapy?

There seems to be a lot of confusion about the difference between Cognitive Therapy (CT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Why? Well, sometimes the two terms are used interchangeably... and sometimes they're not.   So does CT = CBT? Not always. Here's how the two are related. Cognitive Therapy (CT) is: A specific form of therapy developed by Aaron T. Beck, M.D. in the 1960s. The first psychotherapy to be subjected to rigorous clinical testing (Dr. Beck…
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How Thinking Can Change the Brain

Sharon Begley's article about changing your brain appeared in the Wall Street Journal a few weeks ago -you can read it here, and you can also listen to Sharon Begley discuss the mind's ability to reshape the brain on NPR. Begley talks about the fact that thoughts can alter and shape the brain's structure and circuitry - you can actually change your brain with your own mind. She gives many incredible examples of the effects of thinking on the brain, including the…
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Interview with Aaron Beck on the History of Cognitive Therapy

 Dr. Beck was originally trained in psychoanalysis in the 1950s. How did he transition from psychoanalysis, the predominant methodology of that time period, to developing Cognitive Therapy? Here's an excerpt from a great interview Dr. Beck gave in 2004. Interviewer: Can you reminisce about your role as a psychoanalyst? Dr. Beck: Let me respond with a clinical illustration. A woman patient is on the couch and she spends the entire time talking about her sexual escapades.  At the end…
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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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Research Results: CBT May Reduce Depression Relapse after ECT

  Many studies have demonstrated that Cognitive Therapy (CT) is effective for depression, and twice as effective as medication in preventing relapse among depressed patients. So what's new in CT for Depression research? A recent initial study shows that Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) may decrease the risk of relapse specifically for depressed patients who are undergoing electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). For this study, six patients received 12 weeks of CBT following a course of ECT-only treatment. At follow up, five of the…
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Aaron Beck Video Clips

People often ask us for video footage of Aaron T. Beck, especially students. Here is a list of all the video footage we are aware of: Brief Video Clips of Aaron T. Beck: 2006 Lasker Foundation Interview Clips with Aaron Beck (Free) Aaron Beck speaks about origins of CT, how psychological treatments affect physiology, and widening use of CT, plus a clip of Beck and the Dalai Lama. If you have trouble viewing the…
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