Beck’s Cognitive Therapy: Distinctive Features by Frank Wills

By Frank Wills

Beck's Cognitive remedy: detailed Features explores the most important contributions made through Aaron T. Beck to the improvement of cognitive behaviour therapy.

This booklet presents a concise account of Beck's paintings opposed to a heritage of his own background. the writer, Frank Wills, considers the speculation and perform of Beck's cognitive treatment by way of to begin with reading his contribution to the knowledge of psychopathology, and happening to discover Beck's feedback concerning the most sensible tools of remedy. during the publication a observation of ways Beck's considering differs from different methods to CBT is supplied, in addition to a precis of the similarities and transformations among Beck’s tools and other kinds of therapy together with psychoanalysis and humanistic therapy.

Beck's Cognitive Therapy could be excellent studying for either novices to the sector and skilled practitioners in need of a succinct guide.

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The knowledgeable, warm, empathetic, accepting therapist . . will need, in addition, to satisfy the following prerequisites: a A clear understanding of the cognitive model of depression . . b A grasp of the conceptual framework of cognitive therapy . . as well as its special application to the treatment of depression. , 1979b, p. 25) Looking at the development of Beck's early and middle-stage work, we see a process of evolution which is quite different from many other models of therapy and different even from some types of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).

2 These three articles are particularly recommended to those who relish a good academic spat. 52 PART 1: THEORY 10 Safety behaviours, including avoidance, reassurance seeking and hyper-vigilance, play a crucial role in maintaining anxiety Beck carried his concept of `dysfunctional thinking' into his work on the anxiety disorders (Beck & Emery, 1985). While depressogenic thinking seemed so central in depression, anxiogenic thinking was clearly accompanied by other very signi®cant phenomena, including sharp and strong physiological reactions and behavioural responses based on `®ght or ¯ight'.

The cognitive therapy of depression. 49 BECK'S COGNITIVE THERAPY: DISTINCTIVE FEATURES Emotion is crucial in CBT. The emotions associated with problems such as anxiety and depression are conceptualised as continuous rather than categorical variables. Emotions must also have a cognitive appraisal element ± linked to the `personal domain' concept and cognitive speci®city. Some of the many ways that therapists of other schools have misunderstood CBT have been connected with the role of emotions in cognitive therapy.

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