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Dr Janet Barnes

This is an interesting article. Some research was published in Scotland providing evidence that CBT has no lasting effects upon anxiety or psychosis. http://www.hta.nhsweb.nhs.uk/execsumm/summ942.htm


Thanks for this post, which I am going to link to in my blog. MindFields College has long asserted that CBT is not the complete answer to treating mental health problems, as governmental funding and budget allocation would seem to suggest.



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Totally interesting post!


As my understanding of CBT has increased over the years, I have come to believe (open to challenge) that the best way to access and thus challenge distorted/ dysfunctional/ maladaptive / unhelpful beliefs is through behavioural experiments, experiential exercises etc. My guess is that cognitive challenging is a useful part of CBT but that our technology for uncovering the actual belief systems at work is not particularly well developed. If we are challenging the wrong beliefs/thoughts, we will have little impact.

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My experience when working with a CBT model with clients facing relationship problems is that modelling relationship skills helps clients to change their behaviour. What is learnt from the therapeutic relationship seems to last.

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