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Category: Health and Mental Health Providers

Intrinsic Motivation

In our work with dieters, we have found that many (if not most) rely very heavily on the scale going down as an external reward for their hard work. They believe that if they were perfect, or close to perfect, on their diets, the scale should go down, if not every day, then certainly every week. This is problematic because the scale simply doesn’t work that way.

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Goal Setting to Engage Adolescents

CBT for Youth By Torrey Creed, PhD Many adolescents begin treatment on a different footing from adults. Rather than choosing to start treatment, adolescents may be referred by someone else for behavior the adolescent sees as justified, appropriate, or a part of their identity rather than something to be changed. Other adolescents may be referred for treatment for behavior or situations they feel hopeless or helpless about, and may therefore enter…
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An Introduction to the Suicide Mode

CBT for Suicide Prevention By Marjan Ghahramanlou-Holloway, PhD In 1996, Aaron Beck proposed the concept of “modes” to describe the “synchronous interactions” among the cognitive, affective, physiological, motivational, and behavioral systems of personality. To understand the construct of the suicide mode, consider the case of Richard, a 25-year-old graduate student with recurrent depression. Richard discovers shortly after the New Year that he has failed his comprehensive exams. The example below illustrates…
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Facilitating Reappraisal in Anxiety Disorders

Facilitating Reappraisal in Anxiety Disorders By Jesús A. Salas Psy.D., ABPP It is well known that the central tenet of CBT is the mediational role of cognitive appraisal in the origin and maintenance of psychological disorders. According to Aaron Beck’s theory, a key goal of CBT is to help patients with anxiety disorders change their dysfunctional appraisal of a stimulus in terms of its threatening nature and significance. Patients’ appraisals of…
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