I do agree that it would be great if more therapists spoke out, but very few do.
But the good ones do say very clearly, for example, that if they have not trained with the Beck Institute and have an actual certification from them, then you have no idea of what you are getting.
(there are a few other streams of CT though, but the Beck variety is the most tested).
Real Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is basically the opposite to Byron Katie and The Work, even if one just focusses on the 4 Questions and Turnaround (bait) part of it.
As mentioned, its about carefully adjusting thoughts and behaviors, as explained in their materials, and one can get into Cognitive Science, etc.
There are books out there by Dr. Aaron Beck and others, that do explain exactly what has been studied in CT, and what has been shown to work. But lets face it, sadly, the public does not read books like that.
But Aaron Beck has a simple book, that he wrote many years ago which is a good introduction.
Cognitive Therapy and the Emotional Disorders (Paperback). by Aaron T. Beck
So lets put it to the test.
There is a recent book called:
Encyclopedia of Cognitive Behavior Therapy
by Stephanie Felgoise (Editor), Arthur M. Nezu (Editor), Christine M. Nezu (Editor), Mark A. Reinecke (Editor), Arthur Freeman (Editor)
Hardcover: 450 pages
Publisher: Plenum US; 1 edition (August 15, 2005)
Now, if according to Byron Katie's friend, David Wise Ph.D, (A Headache in the Pelvis), The Work is the best Cognitive Therapy, it should be at least LISTED in the book!
Its NOT listed.
Of course its not listed.
The Work by Byron Katie is not Cognitive Therapy, and its NEVER been tested. Ever.
So here is yet more lies, and more corruption around Byron Katie. She attracts these sleazy salespeople like flies.
Can you imagine, a guy like David Wise PhD, just making stuff up in his book on pain?
(some joke that PhD can mean Piled Higher and Deeper, in some cases)
David Wise PhD posts links to Byron Katie in his book to give her some Advertising, she posts links to his pain seminars to give him more money from his seminars.
And he is not afraid of making stuff up in print either.
As he knows people in PAIN don't have time to do some research, and see what he is saying is false.
After this, one should not believe a word that David Wise says, without triple checking it.
That is not a mistake, its carefully written, probably some type of "contra-deal" as they call it, where people promote eachother.
He knows The Work is NOT cognitive therapy, and has never been tested.
He also knows the public doesn't know any better.
And the Byron Katie referral to his seminars makes him a lot of money.
If a reporter asks Byron Katie if she is doing therapy, she says no, for legal reasons.
Then she refers to David Wise. Then if he got nailed, he would just say its a personal opinion.
But it never gets that far, as their target audience is in PAIN, and in the New Age area, where people don't seem to ask many questions.
So its yet another ugly and dishonest chapter in the book of Byron Katie.
And David Wise PhD, is getting in on the lies, it seems to fill up his pain clinic seminars, as Byron Katie targets people in PAIN, and Pain = Profit.
Of course, its also possible that David Wise PhD is completely ignorant about CT.
If that is the case, then an email to him should explain why The Work is not listed anywhere as cognitive therapy, and what is the scientific evidence for his claim in the book?
Would a college student be allowed to put that in a paper? (No!)
Why is he referring people to a website, with no evidence at all?
Does he give full disclosure about any financial arrangements he has with Byron Katie's company?
The entire thing makes him look extremely bad, and damages his credibility, even if it turns out he was duped. But in the quote being promoted by Byron Katie, he does not sound duped.
It sounds like a carefully crafted salespitch to attend his pain seminars. Cross-promotion.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/22/2008 10:50AM by The Anticult.