Latest CBT News from Beck.

In regular blog postings, staff of Beck Institute offer informational resources for professionals, students and the general public. You’ll find information on CBT research around the world, training programs, new books, and CBT in the news. It is also a forum to ask questions and share your experiences with CBT.

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Health Anxiety and Interoceptive Exposure

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When a client of mine, Adam, was 22, he received the following diagnosis during a routine physical: elevated liver enzymes. He thought, "Oh my God, I'm going to die.” It was later revealed that the lab results were in error, but as he reported to me ten years later: "This catapulted me into heath anxiety.”
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You Believe in Me

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Years ago I asked many of the individuals whom I treated.  “What accounted for your improvement in treatment?” Not infrequently, instead of attributing their improvement to the therapeutic strategies, they would often reply “You believed in me.”
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If You Weren’t Overeating, What Would You Be Doing More Of? Less Of?

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Susan reported being 60 pounds over her ideal body weight. She had tried many diets that resulted in weight loss but were followed by regain once she returned to her typical eating habits.
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Motivation

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Once motivation is identified as a target mechanism of change, the big question is how to increase the individuals’ motivation and effort to engage in the activities that will restore them to mental health.
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Beyond Behavioral Activation: What to Do When Unhelpful Thoughts Hinder Enjoyment

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Not all clients benefit from behavioral activation.This was the case with one of my clients, Sam. When we were setting goals, I asked him, “How would your life look different if you were not depressed?” Sam told me that absolutely nothing would be different.
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What Contributions Can Humanism Make to Experimental Psychology?

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Our findings noted above speak to the rationale for developing a holistic model which aligns closely with humanistic psychology, which traditionally deals with very broad features of human nature not readily observable or measurable: aspirations, values, engagement, investment, etc.
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The Principles of Recovery and Values in CBT

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The following is a description of a consultation Dr. Beck had about an individual who has schizophrenia. Mary is a 47-year old woman who is upset about hearing voices (and hackers who will not leave her alone). She is divorced, unemployed, and somewhat hopeless. She has a good relationship with her 13-year old son.
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Imaginal Dress Rehearsal

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My client Charlie had a stressful situation with the doorman at his friends’ apartment building. He was asked to sign in, which he did not want to do and hadn’t had to do in the past, and assumed the doorman was wielding his power.

Raising the Bar for the Field of CBT

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Opening remarks from Dr. Judith Beck at the Beck Institute Excellence Summit, October 20, 2018.