Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Taryn M. Stejskal
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-56782-2_391-2

Definition

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a theoretical framework based on the premise that a person’s cognitions influence their emotions and behavior. CBT provides considerable utility in addressing a variety of common emotional consequences of neurological disorders including anxiety and depression, as well as behavior modification for brain injury survivors.

Historical Background

CBT grew out of Albert Ellis’s (1975) work on Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) and examination of irrational beliefs in the 1950s. Ellis concluded that irrational beliefs (e.g., I am powerless to solve my problems; I am unlovable) were associated with the development of mood disorders. Beck et al. (1979) developed Cognitive Therapy on the premise that cognitive errors (e.g., over-generalizing, magnification, personalization) were associated with the development of depression and anxiety. Further, they viewed depression as accompanied by of a triad of negative cognitions consisting of a...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Taryn M. Stejskal
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  1. 1.Department of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationVirginia Commonwealth University Medical CenterVirginiaUSA