Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Strategies

Keith S. Dobson, PhD


Cognitive–behavioral therapy (CBT), a system of treatment involving a focus on thinking and its influence on both behavior and feelings, is one of the dominant approaches to psychotherapy. CBT is based on a model of psychopathology that emphasizes the role of dysfunctional beliefs and situational cognitions and their influence on emotional and behavioral outcomes, which in turn reinforce negative beliefs and thought patterns.

Cognitive–Behavioral Therapy Strategies illustrates multiple aspects of the CBT system of psychotherapy, including the setting conditions (e.g., the therapy relationship), parameters around the techniques, and the techniques themselves.

Using selected vignettes from actual therapy sessions, Keith S. Dobson explores the key techniques used in cognitive–behavioral therapy, including developing a therapeutic alliance, case conceptualization, psychoeducation, assigning homework, and assessing automatic thoughts.

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