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(p. 61) Cognitive Restructuring: Challenging Automatic Thoughts 

(p. 61) Cognitive Restructuring: Challenging Automatic Thoughts
(p. 61) Cognitive Restructuring: Challenging Automatic Thoughts

Debra A. Hope

, Richard G. Heimberg

, and Cynthia L. Turk

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date: 25 February 2020

This chapter builds on the first two steps of cognitive restructuring that were developed in chapter 5: (a) the identification of automatic thoughts (ATs) and the emotions they cause and (b) the identification of thinking errors. This chapter presents the remaining steps in cognitive restructuring: (c) challenging ATs by using disputing questions and (d) generating rational responses. The session opens with a review of the Social Anxiety Session Change Index and homework, and then each concept is covered. There is also a brief discussion in anticipation of the first exposure in the next session. The first in-session exposure is a key moment in treatment.

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