Cognitive Behavior Therapy Case

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Statement of the Presenting Concern: Participant is a 49 year old black male who is currently receiving treatment at Healthcare Alternative Systems Residential Program. Participant was referred to the program through TASC as an alternative to going to prison for theft. Participant was divorced six months ago and has no children from this marriage. He has two adult children from a previous marriage. Participant is currently on parole and probation. Participant will return to Kankakee to live with his daughter after his discharge from the program. Participant has an extensive substance abuse background which began at the age of 13. Participant has received services for his addictions in the past; however the programs were within the Illinois…show more content…
CBT is a time- sensitive, structured, present oriented psychotherapy (Beck Institute, 2016). CBT is directed at helping clients change their unhelpful thinking and behavior through various techniques. The participant has failed to recognize that his irrational thoughts, (feeling singled out because of his race and health issues) are preventing him from fully functioning causing him to become depressed. He is also struggling to shift his focus from his negative interactions with the staff and residents in treatment and this leads to feelings of anger. The benefits of Cognitive Behavior Therapy include learning coping skills to relieve depression by producing changes in cognition, reducing anxiety, improving self-esteem and confidence, and reducing addictive behaviors and substance abuse (Keller, M.B., 2001). CBT involves techniques such as completing homework assignments between sessions, daily mood logs and journaling. The daily logs helped him monitor his triggers, negative thoughts and emotions. The goal was for him to be mindful of his feelings as he experienced them, write them down and process his thoughts at a later…show more content…
During our session, I asked the participant a series of questions that focused on his goals and how he planned to obtain them. Some of the questions included “what do you want”, “what are you doing to get it”, “is it working”, and “what are your plans”. The participant appeared more enthused when discussing his goals and planning for the future. He was able to refrain from complaining and blaming and come to the realization that he would reach his goal by making the effort to evaluate his goals and create a plan that can be adjusted when
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