Perceived Limitations of Standard Cognitive Therapy: A Consideration of Efforts to Revise Beck's Theory and Therapy

Clark, David A.
September 1995
Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy;Fall1995, Vol. 9 Issue 3, p153
Academic Journal
In this paper I discuss five basic principles that make Beck's cognitive therapy (CT) a distinctive school of psychotherapy. In light of these principles, four major criticisms of Beck's standard cognitive theory and practice are considered. These include: (a) standard CT has a limited view of emotion; (b) CT has an inadequate view of interpersonal factors; (c) CT ignores the therapeutic alliance; and (d) CT overemphasizes conscious controlled processing. Each of these criticisms are evaluated on whether they can be accommodated within the standard CT approach advocated by Beck thereby leading to refinement of his theory and therapy, or whether efforts at revision and/or integration with other schools of psychotherapy result in a transformation so radical as to threaten the distinctiveness of Beck's therapy.


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