Overview

In this revised edition of Cognitive–Behavioral Therapy, Michelle G. Craske discusses the history, theory, and practice of this commonly practiced therapy.

Cognitive–behavioral therapy (CBT) originated in the science and theory of classical and instrumental conditioning when cognitive principles were adopted following dissatisfaction with a strictly behavioral approach.

CBT combines behavioral and cognitive interventions so that, on the behavioral level, practitioners can aim to decrease clients' maladaptive behaviors and increase adaptive ones, and, on the cognitive level, they can aim to modify clients' maladaptive thoughts, self-statements, or beliefs.

A large number of variations on the original theory have developed over the decades, but all types of CBT are unified by their empirical foundation, reliance on the theory and science of behavior and cognition, and the centrality of problem-focused goals.

In this edition, the author provides vital updated coverage of the literature that explores the therapy process, primary change mechanisms, and empirical basis of the approach, as well as likely future developments.

This essential primer to cognitive behavioral therapy, amply illustrated with case examples featuring diverse clients, is perfect for graduate students studying theories of therapy and counseling as well as for seasoned practitioners interested in understanding this approach.

Table of Contents

Series Preface

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  1. Introduction
  2. History
  3. Theory
  4. The Therapy Process
  5. Evaluation
  6. Future Developments
  7. Summary

Glossary of Key Terms

Suggested Readings and Resources

References

Index

About the Author

About the Series Editors

Author Bio

Michelle G. Craske, PhD, is a distinguished professor and vice chair of psychology, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, director of the Anxiety and Depression Research Center, associate director of the Staglin Family Music Center for Behavioral and Brain Health, and member of the executive committee for the Depression Grand Challenge, University of California, Los Angeles.

She has published extensively in the area of risk factors and treatment for fear, anxiety, and depression. In addition, she has been the recipient of National Institute of Mental Health funding since 1993 for research projects pertaining to risk factors for anxiety disorders and depression among children and adolescents, the cognitive and physiological aspects of anxiety and panic attacks, neural mediators of behavioral treatments for anxiety disorders, fear extinction mechanisms of exposure therapy, implementation of treatments for anxiety and depression, and constructs of positive valence and negative valence underlying anxiety and depression.

Dr. Craske is editor-in-chief of Behaviour Research and Therapy and associate editor of Psychological Bulletin, and a scientific board member for the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. She was a member of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.; DSM–5) Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum, Posttraumatic, and Dissociative Disorders Work Group (chair, Anxiety Disorders Subworkgroup) and is currently a member of DSM–5 Steering Committee.

Dr. Craske received her BA, with honors, from the University of Tasmania and her PhD from the University of British Columbia.

Reviews & Awards

Accessible, yet thoroughly competent, this short volume covers cognitive–behavioral therapy (CBT) in a way that will help all students, regardless of their orientation and background, understand how these methods can fit into their training as psychotherapists and behavior change agents. Covering all of the recent developments, this second edition is a gem of clear thinking, from one of the best thinkers in the CBT tradition. Highly recommended.
—Steven C. Hayes, PhD
Foundation Professor of Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno