When conducted well cognitive therapy works as quickly and as thoroughly as antidepressant medications says derubeis who has led several large studies of cognitive therapy for depression. T his bestselling classic work offers a definitive presentation of the theory and practice of cognitive therapy for depression aaron t beck and his associates set forth their seminal argument that depression arises from a cognitive triad of errors and from the idiosyncratic way that one infers recollects and generalizes. Cognitive therapy of depression aaron t beck guilford press jan 1 1979 psychology 425 pages university of pennsylvania and the founder of cognitive therapy he has published more than 20 books and over 540 articles in professional and scientific journals dr beck is the recipient of numerous awards including the albert lasker . Cognitive behavioral therapy cbt is a type of psychotherapy this form of therapy modifies thought patterns in order to change moods and behaviors. Essence of therapy in cognitive therapy ct clients are taught cognitive and behavioral skills so they can develop more accurate helpful beliefs and eventually become their own therapists length in most randomized clinical trials or efficacy trials ct for depression is typically delivered over 8 to 16 sessions
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