Judith Beck, PhD

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Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., a Sharecare expert, is the President of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research, a non-profit organization in suburban Philadelphia that trains mental health professionals, nationally and internationally, in cognitive behavior therapy. She is also Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Beck has written nearly 100 articles and chapters and made hundreds of presentations, nationally and internationally, on a variety of topics related to cognitive behavior therapy.  She is the author of the widely adopted textbooks, Cognitive Behavior Therapy:  Basics and Beyond and Cognitive Therapy for Challenging Problems. Her other books include Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders and The Oxford Textbook of Psychotherapy. She has written extensively on a cognitive behavioral approach to weight loss, including books for dieters: The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person and workbook and The Complete Beck Diet for Life.  Dr. Beck is a founding fellow and past president of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, a non-profit organization that certifies mental health professionals in cognitive therapy, and has been a consultant for several NIMH research studies.

Specialties:

  • Psychiatry

Affiliation:

  • Washington Hand Surgery

Location:

  • Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and...
  • One Belmont Avenue, Suite 700
  • Bala Cynwyd, PA
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    How can I get rid of my bad eating habits?

    You need to answer back your sabotaging thoughts, such as, “It’s okay to eat this food I hadn’t planned because.....I’m happy/I’m sad/I’m tired/it’s a special occasion, it’s free/no one is watching/I’ll make up for it later/I’ve been so good,” and on and on and on. You need to continually remind...Read More
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    Judith Beck, PhD answered:

    How can I avoid being depressed during the holidays?

    Keep your expectations realistic. You will enjoy certain events more than others. Watch out for shoulds that lead to disappointment: "I should be happy." "My relatives should act like the perfect American family." "I should feel unstressed." "This should be the best time of the year."

    Keep a balanced s...Read More
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    How can I change my eating habits to lose weight?

    Start by being mindful of every bite of food that goes in your mouth. Eat only when you’re sitting down. Then eat slowly and enjoy every bite. You may be tempted to eat standing in front of the refrigerator or as you’re running out of the house or as your clearing the table. You will need to remind yourself...Read More
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    Judith Beck, PhD answered:

    How can I get motivated to exercise?

    Don’t wait for motivation! You may not be highly motivated to brush your teeth every day but you do it anyway. That’s because you have put brushing your teeth in your “no choice” category. It doesn’t matter if you’re feeling motivated to brush your teeth; you do it anyway. It’s the same with exercise. Don’t pay...Read More
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    Judith Beck, PhD answered:

    What is my ideal weight?

    I have a very practical definition of ideal weight. It’s a range, not a fixed point. It’s the weight you get to when you’re eating a very healthy diet you can keep up with for your whole life—plus about 5-10 pounds (depending on how much weight you lost in the first place). So your ideal weight is

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    Judith Beck, PhD answered:

    What role do habits play in weight gain?

    Just think. What would your weight be like now if you had always had the habit of eating everything sitting down, slowly, and enjoying every bite? You wouldn’t have stood in front of your kitchen cabinets or refrigerator, grazing on whatever food looked appealing, whether you were hungry or not....Read More
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    Judith Beck, PhD answered:

    What is cognitive therapy?

    Cognitive therapy is one of the few forms of psychotherapy that has been scientifically tested and found to be effective in over four hundred clinical trials for many different disorders. In contrast to other forms of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy is usually more focused on the present, more time-l...Read More
  • Judith Beck, PhD - Bala Cynwyd, PA - Psychiatry
    Judith Beck, PhD answered:

    How can I manage my food cravings?

    1. Label it. This is just a craving, it doesn’t mean I have to give in. Just because I want to eat this right now doesn’t mean I should.
    2. Firmly make the decision to NOT give in. 
    3. Distract myself. The moment my attention is on something else is the moment the craving starts to go away. If I’m highly
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    Judith Beck, PhD answered:

    What's a way to trick yourself into eating smaller portions?

    Rather than tricking yourself, it is better to see what works best for you. There’s no magic in the number of meals and snacks you consume. Find a schedule that fits you best.

    A small minority of people seem to do best with three larger meals a day and no snacks. It’s quite clear to them. If it’s

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  • Judith Beck, PhD - Bala Cynwyd, PA - Psychiatry
    Judith Beck, PhD answered:

    How do I stay motivated to exercise?

    First, don’t wait to feel motivated to exercise. Develop a plan to carry you through no matter how you’re feeling. Second, it’s a good idea to commit to exercising every day, even if on many days you only take a five-minute walk. In that way, if you’re tempted to skip exercise, you can remind yourself,...Read More
  • Judith Beck, PhD - Bala Cynwyd, PA - Psychiatry
    Judith Beck, PhD answered:

    How can I avoid binge eating during the holiday season?

    Remember that your body doesn't know it's a holiday! It will process food in exactly the same way as any other day during the year.

    Make a pledge to eat all of your food--all of it!--slowly so you can enjoy every bite. It's easy to binge if you eat quickly and try not to notice what you're eating. So eat...Read More
  • Judith Beck, PhD - Bala Cynwyd, PA - Psychiatry
    Judith Beck, PhD answered:

    Which diet works best?

    It is the healthiest diet (that also includes your favorite foods) that you can sustain for your whole life.

    Research to date shows that people’s weight loss is roughly the same no matter what diet they’re on.


    But even if it turns out that one particular diet leads to greater weight loss, it doesn’t

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  • Judith Beck, PhD - Bala Cynwyd, PA - Psychiatry
    Judith Beck, PhD answered:

    How do I find time to exercise?

    If your schedule is already busy, you will need to identify activities that you can postpone, delegate, spend less time on, or eliminate. Time will not magically appear. Schedule times to exercise in your calendar.  Read More