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Tag: Beliefs

The basis for Cognitive Therapy as described by Aaron T. Beck, M.D.

My present notion of cognitive therapy is that it is based on a theory of psychopathology (information processing model), and the techniques that are utilized are those that can help to ameliorate the dysfunctional aspects of the individual’s beliefs, interpretations, and avoidance behaviors, as well as dysfunction in attention and memory. Thus, in a given case, at a given time, the therapist might choose to focus on the beliefs, misinterpretations,…
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Beliefs Can Interfere with Treatment Adherence

I recently read an interesting case description on a professional listserv about a "difficult" client who was not fully adherent with treatment. Apparently he argued with his therapist and did little homework outside of the session. It was apparent to me that the therapist had made a mistake. She was continuing to try to deliver "standard" CBT treatment, without attending to the therapeutic relationship sufficiently. I hypothesized that the client…
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