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

By Stefan G. Hofmann

An creation to trendy CBT presents an simply obtainable advent to trendy theoretical cognitive behavioral treatment versions. The textual content outlines the various concepts, their luck in enhancing particular psychiatric problems, and critical new advancements within the field.

• Provides an easy-to-read advent into glossy Cognitive Behavioral remedy methods with particular case examples and hands-on remedy techniques
• Discusses the theoretical types of CBT, outlines different thoughts which were proven to achieve success in enhancing particular psychiatric problems, and describes vital new advancements within the field
• Offers necessary tips for therapists in education and is a useful reference device for skilled clinicians

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The initial role of a CBT therapist is typically very active as he or she educates the patient about the underlying principles of this treatment approach. However, as treatment progresses, patients are expected to become increasingly active in their own treatment, more proactive, and more independent. Usually, patients seek help for a variety of different problems. A careful analysis often shows that the different problems are directly related to one another or that different sub-problems can be subsumed under one larger problem.

Identifying maladaptive cognitions Once patients define their problems and goals for treatment, CBT therapists encourage them to become aware of their thoughts and thought processes. As discussed in Chapter 1, cognitions are generally classified into negative automatic thoughts and maladaptive (sometimes also referred to as dysfunctional or irrational) beliefs. Negative automatic thoughts are thoughts or images which occur in specific situations when an individual feels threatened in some way. Maladaptive core beliefs, on the other hand, are assumptions that individuals have about the world, the future, and themselves.

The three components, behaviors, physiology, and subjective experience, form a system together, but can be targeted separately. The behavioral component may be expressed in the form of overt signs of the emotional experience. In the case of anxiety, these behaviors may be avoidance strategies with the goal of improving or eliminating the unpleasant state the person experiences. Other avoidance strategies can be experiential by, for example, avoiding the subjective experience or physiological sensations of an emotional response.

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