Cognitive Therapy Techniques: A Practitioner's Guide

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Shortly before receiving this book from the editor, I happened to come upon an article in the health section of the Los Angeles Times extolling the virtues of cognitive therapy. In the article, surprise was expressed that more patients did not opt for this type of treatment. Many reasons were put forth, from “being a Prozac nation” to inadequate insurance reimbursement. However, as a general psychiatrist who from time to time uses cognitive therapy strategies in the context of an expressive psychotherapy, I felt that there may be other resistances afoot. Many psychiatrists and other psychotherapists feel that cognitive therapy is boring to practice, stifles creativity, and is too catechistic in approach.

J Clin Psychiatry 2004;65(11):1581