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The AICT Cognitive Therapy Podcast

Cognitive Therapy is a cutting edge psychotherapy, so it’s no surprise that cognitive therapists and researchers are always exploring new ways to help their patients overcome their problems. Dr. Robert L. Leahy and the staff of The American Institute for Cognitive Therapy have developed this podcast to bring news about advances in Cognitive Therapy directly to you, in a simple and “user-friendly” way. Please feel free to subscribe to this podcast here, or through the itunes music store, to discover our regular updates about the ever-evolving world of Cognitive Therapy.




Past Episodes

An Introduction to AICT's DBT Friends and Family Skills Group: Who It's For, How It Works, and What You'll Learn

In this podcast, Dr. Nikki Rubin discusses our DBT Friends and Family Skills group. This podcast addresses several topics, including: general information about Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and who it is designed to treat, how DBT skills can help the loved ones of those who struggle with Borderline Personality Disorder or emotion regulation problems, a brief introduction to the DBT skill of validation (what it is and how to use it), and information about how to join our Friends and Family Skills group.

Wed, 5 Sep 2012

The Psychological Strain Facing The Long Term Unemployed

Dr. Leahy and Minnesota Public Radio discuss the effects of unemployment on your mental health and how to avoid depression, November 4, 2011.

Posted: Tue, 10 Jul 2012
Making Amends with Bipolar Disorder

Dr. Leahy and WebMD.com Bipolar TV explore Making Amends with Bipolar Disorder, September 24, 2009.

Posted: Mon, 13 Feb 2012
Why Men Don't Listen to Women

Dr. Robert Leahy was interviewed on CBS Radio discussing why Men Don't Listen to Women, February 1, 2011.
Posted: Fri, 10 Feb 2012
Coping with Unemployment

Dr. Robert Leahy was interviewed on Focus 580 NPR (Illinois) with David Inge in an hour-long program on Coping with Unemployment, August 12, 2009. 
Posted: Fri, 3 Feb 2012

OCD: Indicators and Treatments

This podcast is a conversation between Dr. Howard Gurr, the host of "Psychology and You" and Dr. Simon A. Rego on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Dr. Rego discusses what OCD is, the most common symptoms of OCD, the causes of OCD, how common the symptoms are and how often OCD is diagnosed. He then discusses the  differences between OCD and OCPD, followed by the various treatment options for OCD, and finally, how and where patients can find help.

Mon, 15 Feb 2010
Weight Loss for The New Year

In this podcast, Dr. Ilyse Dobrow DiMarco discusses how to initiate a healthy and safe dietary and exercise plan. The podcast will address several topics, including: how to decide whether to start a weight loss plan; how to avoid thinking traps that can impede weight loss efforts; how to adopt a healthy diet; and how to engage in moderate exercise.

Fri, 15 Jan 2010

Panic Disorder: What it is, Why it Happens, and How to Overcome it

Jonathan Kaplan, PhD

Dr. Jonathan Kaplan, Director of the Stress Management Program, discusses the basic facts about panic disorder. He explains why panic attacks occur and the underlying physiology. Perhaps most importantly, he outlines how CBT works to eliminate them once and for all.

Tue, 08 Aug 2008

All About Depression

Antonia Pieracci, PhD

In this month’s podcast, Antonia M. Pieracci PhD of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy discusses clinical depression. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy provides a number of effective methods for dealing with the symptoms of depression, and offers the options in a clear and “user-friendly” way. Please feel free to subscribe or simply listen, to learn more about effective treatments for psychological problems.

Tue, 04 Sep 2007

What is Cognitive Therapy?

Robert L. Leahy, PhD

The Institute’s director, Dr. Robert L. Leahy provides an accessible introduction to the fundamental ideas involved in cognitive therapy in the AICT podcast for May 2007. Please feel free to subscribe or simply listen, to learn more about effective treatments for psychological problems.

Mon, 14 May 2007

Overcoming Weight Loss Setbacks

Rene Zweig, PhD

Dr. Rene Zweig, the director of AICT’s Eating Disorders and Weight Management Program, discusses ways to overcome obstacles in maintaining weight loss.

Mon, 16 Apr 2007

Dr. Robert Leahy on Worry

Robert L. Leahy, PhD

Dr. Leahy explains the fundamentals of how and why we worry in this informative and entertaining podcast. This introduction to the central concepts found in The Worry Cure illustrates several basic strategies for coping with worry and anxiety more effectively. Although it is based upon some of the most recent and advanced research in cognitive-behavioral therapy, this brief discussion is easily understood and immediately relevant for most worriers (which may be all of us).

Fri, 10 Nov 2006

What if it's OCD?

Dennis Tirch, PhD

All of us have thoughts and daydreams that seem strange to us. Images of violent or bad behavior might seem to pop into our heads, or we may begin to wonder if we are susceptible to germs and contamination. Most of the time, we don’t pay these random mental events much mind. We simply shrug them off and get on with our day. Sometimes though, these images can persist. Like a pop song that gets “stuck in our heads” these disturbing ideas keep coming back, again and again. It can seem that the more we try to force such inappropriate, unpleasant, or even “sinful” ideas out of our consciousness, they only return with greater force. Intrusive thoughts that persist in this way may be symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). This brief introductory podcast is delivered by Dr. Dennis D. Tirch, Director of Education at AICT.

Sun, 10 Sep 2006