CBT with Difficult to Treat Clients with Cathy Forneris, PhD, ABPP

Cathy Forneris_photoCognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses on three levels of thought to promote behavior change: automatic thoughts, underlying assumptions, and core beliefs. In this presentation, Dr. Forneris will provide an overview of each of these cognitive structures and describe methods for helping clients access them. Emphasis will be placed on working with clients with long-standing or recurrent problems to help them develop and strengthen core beliefs to promote sustainable emotional and behavioral change.

Catherine A. Forneris is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and is the Director of the CBT and the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) programs and training clinics for psychiatry residents and psychology graduate students. She is a diplomat with the American Board of Professional Psychology, and an active member of the North Carolina Psychological Association and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She has co-authored several research articles and been lead author on several papers and presentations on personality disorders, CBT, DBT, trauma, PTSD, and health care utilization.