An Introduction to Modern CBT: Psychological Solutions to by Stefan G. Hofmann

By Stefan G. Hofmann

An advent to trendy CBT offers an simply available creation to trendy theoretical cognitive behavioral remedy types. The textual content outlines different recommendations, their luck in bettering particular psychiatric issues, and critical new advancements within the field.

• Provides an easy-to-read advent into glossy Cognitive Behavioral remedy ways with particular case examples and hands-on remedy techniques
• Discusses the theoretical versions of CBT, outlines the several strategies which were proven to achieve success in enhancing particular psychiatric issues, and describes vital new advancements within the field
• Offers invaluable suggestions for therapists in education and is a useful reference device for skilled clinicians

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If changes in symptoms are directly linked to specific external changes, it is advisable to explore whether there are any benefits that come of having the problem. For example, the depression might result in more lost days at work but also less stress associated with a particular activity at work. Such secondary gain of the disorder is an important factor that can contribute to the maintenance of the problem. What is the patient’s psychiatric history? In addition to the history of the presenting problem, the clinician should gather detailed information of the patient’s psychiatric history, even if this is apparently unrelated to the presenting problem.

It is assumed that, with consistent practice, more accurate thinking becomes the automatic mode of response. Testing the validity of thoughts Once irrational thoughts are identified and challenged, patients are asked to put the previously held and maladaptive core beliefs to the test. , anxiety, embarrassment, guilt), patients have the opportunity to conduct field experiments to examine the validity of their assumptions. Substituting maladaptive with adaptive cognitions and eliciting feedback One of the most difficult steps in CBT is substituting maladaptive cognitions with adaptive ones.

In contrast to other psychotherapeutic approaches, CBT has embraced the scientific method and opened itself up to empirical scrutiny. Basic assumptions about the treatment model have been taken into the laboratory and empirically tested. Moreover, as laboratory research has accumulated new knowledge about specific disorders, CBT-oriented therapists have developed more tailored techniques to treat specific psychological problems. Very early on in its development, CBT was rigorously tested in clinical trials, which were previously the domain of pharmaceutical research.

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