Cases relate to dream interpretation and analysis of transference and countertransference, Adlerian therapy, the Jungian approach, rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), covert sensitization
, cognitive therapy, Gestalt therapy, family therapy, meditation, and integrative therapy.
A sampling of techniques discussed includes: cognitive-behavioral techniques, reframing and other NLP techniques, systematic desensitization, covert sensitization
, 12-step programs, guided imagery, meditation, and more.
Familiar examples are Wolpe's (1958) systematic desensitization treatment for phobias and Cautela's (1967) covert sensitization
treatment of negative behaviors, both of which interpret verbally guided imagery effects on target behaviors in terms of conditioning of covert stimuli and responses.
Gauthier & Pellerin, 1982; Glover, 1985; Grant, 2006a; Kohn & Antonuccio, 2002), including covert sensitization, shaping, behavioral chaining, problem-solving, cognitive restructuring, and homework (O'Donohue, Hayes, & Fisher, 2003).
Treatment of compulsive behavior by covert sensitization.
Management of compulsive shoplifting through covert sensitization.
A case of kleptomania treated by covert sensitization.
Covert sensitization has been the most widely used behavioral treatment procedure to decrease deviant sexual arousal in sex offender therapy.
Covert sensitization involves the pairing in imagination scenes of unwanted behavior with scenes aversive to the individual.
The advantage of covert sensitization as a procedure for decreasing undesirable behaviors is that it can be used without the objectionable behaviors occurring.
Another advantage of covert sensitization is that it can be applied to a greater range of stimulus situations (Cautela & Wisocki, 1971).
Dougher (1993) reported that covert sensitization was one of the most widely used behavioral procedures in sex offender treatment programs.