The Development of Treatment Conceptualizations in Cognitive Therapy
As a young child, I recall watching my mother bake a cake. It appeared that she took a pinch of this, a handful of that, two eggs, and mixed it all together. When I asked her about her recipe, she told me that she had no written recipe, that the only recipe that she had was in her head. When I asked her how she knew how much of each ingredient to use, she shrugged, and replied, “After a while, you just know.” When I asked her how and from whom she learned these recipes, she responded that she learned them from her mother by watching quietly, and not asking so many questions. Despite the apparent lack of a written recipe or formula, my mother’s food always came out tasting just as good each time as it was the time before. How could that be, I wondered, if she had no written recipe? That mystery persists to this day. When I ask her for the recipe for a favorite food, she replies, “I’ll cook it for you. You just watch and see what I do.” Watching her is easy. The process looks so astoundingly simple that I wonder why I couldn’t do it myself. After watching and carefully writing down what I see, I go home and try the recipe.
KeywordsPersonality Disorder Cognitive Therapy Critical Incident Treatment Conceptualization Borderline Personality Disorder
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- Beck, A. T., Freeman, A., and Associates. (1990). Cognitive therapy of personality disorders. New York: Guilford.Google Scholar
- Beck, A. T., Wright, F., and Newman, C. (1992). Taking the kick out of the habit. In A. Freeman and F. Dattilio (Eds.), The comprehensive casebook of cognitive therapy. New York: Plenum.Google Scholar
- Campbell, R. J. (1989). Psychiatric dictionary (6th ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
- Crowley, R. M. (1985). Cognitiion in interpersonal theory and practice. In M. Mahoney and A. Freeman (Eds.), Cognition and psychotherapy. New York: Plenum.Google Scholar
- Freeman, A. (1988). Cognitive therapy of personality disorders. In C. Perris, H. Perris, and I. Blackburn (Eds.), The theory and practice of cognitive therapy. Heidelberg: Springer Verlag.Google Scholar
- Hammer, E. F. (1990). Reaching for the affect. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum.Google Scholar
- Rosen, H. (1985). Piagetian dimensions of clinical relevance. New York: Columbia University Press.Google Scholar
- Rosen, H. (1989). Piagetian dimensions of clinical relevance. In A. Freeman, K. M. Simon, L. E. Beutler, and H. Arkowitz (Eds.), The comprehensive handbook of cognitive therapy. New York: Plenum.Google Scholar
- Safran, J. D. and Segal, Z. V. (1990). Interpersonal process in cognitive therapy. New York: Basic Books, Inc.Google Scholar
- Young, J. E. (1990). Cognitive therapy for personality disorders: A schema-focused approach. Sarasota, FL: Professional Resource Exchange.Google Scholar