Boelen, P. A. (2006). Cognitive behavioral therapy for complicated grief: theoretical underpinnings and case description. Journal of Loss & Trauma, 11, 1-31.


Cognitive-behavioral theorizing is increasingly embraced as a framework for the generation of ideas about theoretical underpinnings of complicated grief (CG) and treatments for this disorder. Theoretical knowledge about the role of unhelpful cognitions and behaviors in CG has grown with the impetus of this approach. Much is still unclear about how to translate this knowledge into treatment interventions. The present article addresses this issue by describing a cognitive-behavioral conceptualization of CG and targets and treatment procedures rooted in this conceptualization. Two case histories are provided to illustrate this cognitive-behavioral therapy for CG.