Cognitive Behavioral And Behavioral Therapy

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Cognitive Behavioral Family Therapy
"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." (King, Jr., n.d). When Martin Luther King Jr. made that statement he was not talking about the family unit, yet it is appropriate. A family can be a true blessing, although there are some people that believe their family is their curse. As a future therapist, I believe Cognitive Behavioral Family Therapy (CBFT), will be the approach I use to assist family mend their behavior to live in a cohesive environment together. There is an educational component in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that supports the client(s) long after his/her sessions have ended, which leads to long term benefits and results. That is the actual learning to re-think his/her irrational behavior and beliefs.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the inspired work of Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck which emphasizes the need for attitudinal change to promote and maintain a behavior modification (Nichols, 2010 p. 167). Ellis believed, people contribute to their own psychological problems, as well as specific symptoms, by the rigid and extreme beliefs they hold about events and situations (Cory 2012, p. 291). CBT is based on an educational model with a scientifically supported assumption that most emotional and behavioral responses are learned. Therefore, the goal of therapy is to assist clients unlearn their unwanted behaviors and to learn new ways of behaving and thinking when he/she is faced with an…
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