Cognitive and behavioural treatments are brief, directed to specific goals, and concerned with present rather than past problems. These features alone do not, of course, distinguish cognitive and behavioural therapies from several other forms of brief psychological treatment. To do this, it is necessary to add that cognitive and behavioural treatments: (a) are generally concerned with factors that maintain psychiatric disorders, rather than the initial causes of these disorders; (b) are based on knowledge from psychological experimentation; (c) have limited and rather specific fields of application; and (d) are designed to encourage self control and self-help. I shall now consider each of these points in turn.
KeywordsEating Disorder Behavioural Treatment Bulimia Nervosa Cognitive Therapy Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
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