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“Hey doc, are you in recovery too?”

“Hey doc, are you in recovery too?” By Cory Newman, PhD, ABPP Patients sometimes express curiosity about their therapists by asking them personal questions. When treating patients who suffer from alcohol and other substance use disorders, it is not uncommon for therapists to be on the receiving end of questions such as, “Are you in recovery too?” or “Have you ever used [insert name of substance]?” or “Haven’t you ever…
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Note taking in Session

Recently, there’s been an interesting discussion on the Academy of Cognitive Therapy listserv about the therapy notes patients take home with them to review. Here’s how I make sure a patient is able to remember important ideas we discussed in treatment, specifically the changes a patient makes in his thinking:

Generally, when I ascertain that the patient has modified his thinking during a session (e.g., following Socratic questioning,, behavioral experiments, roleplaying, etc.), I’ll ask the patient for a summary. I might say:

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Empirically Validated Treatments

There have been very interesting posts on the www.academyofct.org listserv this week, about the necessity (1) to validate the theory underpinning a particular treatment approach, (2) to insure that treatment is based on this validated formulation, and (3) to validate the efficacy of the treatment itself. A particular technique or strategy, devoid of a coherent and tested underlying theory, should not be labeled as an "empirically validated treatment," much less…
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Cognitive Behavior Therapist – How to Find One

Two days ago, we received a great comment that said, "This is *not* what I experienced when I saw a cognitive-behavioral therapist... I wish cognitive-behavioral therapy as described on this site was available. Too many CBT therapists are not well-trained and refuse to think!" (you can read Sam's full comments about the kind of 'CBT' that he and his friend received on this post - his is the fourth comment down). We…
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