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Focusing on Long-Term Weight Loss: The Art of the Possible

Deborah Beck Busis, LCSW Diet Program Coordinator Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy A recent article in the American Journal of Public Health (Fildes et al., 2015) reiterates the disheartening statistics on weight loss. This study and many others have shown that most obese people who lose weight gain it back.  In our experience, a major reason for this outcome is that dieters make changes that they are unable to…
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Experiencing CBT from the Inside Out: Is Self-Practice Important for CBT Therapists?

James Bennett-Levy, Ph.D., University of Sydney, Australia Guest Author "Your growth as a cognitive therapist will be enhanced if you start applying the tools described in this book to yourself."  J. Beck (1995)  So wrote Judith Beck in the 1995 edition of Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond. Seven years earlier, I had done a 6-month training in CBT at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. Soon after commencing, I was struck…
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Using the Mnemonic “Three Cs” with Children and Adolescents

Torrey Creed, PhD While the basic principles of Cognitive Therapy remain constant across age groups, certain variations in explanations help children and adolescents grasp key concepts. Helping clients of all ages learn to identify and evaluate unhelpful and inaccurate thinking is a crucial component in Cognitive Therapy. The mnemonic of "The Three C's" (Catching, Checking, and Changing) can be particularly helpful to children in learning this process.   To engage children in…
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The Role of Play in CBT with Children

By Torrey Creed, PhD Seasoned child therapists who pursue training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) often ask the same question: "I usually spend time playing with my clients, but in CBT, do you ever actually just play with kids?" This question is not as simple as it may first appear, and the answer addresses two important principles behind the therapeutic work. First, the answer to this question is yes... and…
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