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Category: Anxiety and Panic Disorders

CBT and Mindfulness for Depression

CBT and Mindfulness for Depression by Robert Hindman, PhD Clinical Psychologist at Beck Institute Mindfulness-based interventions have been becoming more popular in psychotherapy. One such treatment, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), has specifically been developed to prevent relapse in clients who have experienced recurrent major depressive episodes (Segal, Williams, & Teasdale, 2001).  We have incorporated mindfulness strategies into our work at the Beck Institute. Instead of thinking about mindfulness-based interventions as…

CBT for adolescents with anxiety: Mature yet still developing

Abstract Anxiety disorders are common in adolescents (ages 12 to 18) and contribute to a range of impairments. There has been speculation that adolescents with anxiety are at risk for being treatment nonresponders. In this review, the authors examine the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for adolescents with anxiety. Outcomes from mixed child and adolescent samples and from adolescent-only samples indicate that approximately two-thirds of youths respond favorably to CBT.…

CBT for Perinatal Distress

Amy Wenzel, Ph.D., ABPP Beck Institute Faculty Perinatal distress is defined as depression or anxiety experienced by women who are pregnant or who are in the first postpartum year (Wenzel, 2015). Those of you who have attended the Core 2 CBT for Anxiety Workshop at Beck Institute know that I do not include this issue as a part of the curriculum; nevertheless, questions pertaining to work with perinatal women are…

Telephone-Delivered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Telephone-Delivered Nondirective Supportive Therapy for Rural Older Adults With Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A Randomized Clinical Trial

Abstract Importance:  Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is common in older adults; however, access to treatment may be limited, particularly in rural areas. Objective:To examine the effects of telephone-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) compared with telephone-delivered nondirective supportive therapy (NST) in rural older adults with GAD. Design, Setting, and Participants:Randomized clinical trial in the participants' homes of 141 adults aged 60 years and older with a principal or coprincipal diagnosis of GAD…

Worry and Worriers

Judith S. Beck, PhD Worry, as defined by Clark and Beck (2012) is “a persistent, repetitive, and uncontrollable chain of thinking that mainly focuses on the uncertainty of some future negative or threatening outcome in which the person rehearses various problem-solving solutions but fails to reduce the heightened sense of uncertainty about the possible threat.” This certainly describes the thinking of Stacy, a client I recently treated who suffered from…

Workshop Participant Spotlight – Pablo Alonso

As a therapist in Madrid, Pablo knew he wanted to improve his skills and, after reading many of both Drs. Beck’s books, he decided to come to Philadelphia for our Core 2: CBT for Anxiety course. “Part of being a great therapist is constantly working to improve your skills, and the best way is to go directly to the source.” Pablo works in a clinic at the University of Madrid where…