Dr. Beck was originally trained in psychoanalysis in the 1950s. How did he transition from psychoanalysis, the predominant methodology of that time period, to developing Cognitive Therapy?
Here’s an excerpt from a great interview Dr. Beck gave in 2004.
Interviewer: Can you reminisce about your role as a psychoanalyst?
Dr. Beck: Let me respond with a clinical illustration. A woman patient is on the couch and she spends the entire time talking about her sexual escapades. At the end of the session I do what I think analysts are meant to do – I ask her how she feels. “Very anxious,” she responds. Read more