Cognitive Behavioral Theories Paper

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Theoretical Approach My theoretical approach of choice is Cognitive- Behavioral Theories. Cognitive – Behavioral therapy is based on the idea that cognitions mediate (lead to) behavioral change (Powers and Kalodner, 2016). This theory resonates with me because I have always been interested in why people behave the way that they do. I believe it to be interesting, to see the way in which thoughts affect behavior. I chose the video cognitive –behavioral therapy with John Krumboltz because I wanted to see how this theory was applied to a pressing issue.

Specific Interventions The counselor used role playing, which can help clients express feelings and can help resolve various emotionally
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Positive reinforcement is a procedure in which some behavior is increased by following it with something rewarding (Powers and Kalodner, 2016). In (e.g. 42.30) the counselor uses verbal praise to encourage the client’s behavior. I believe that this is effective because it is helping the client to stand up for herself. The client is not fond of the way that she is being treated and no longer wishes to be treated that way. The counselor is helping to shape her behaviors and encouraging her to stand up for herself.

Insight Gained As the name Cognitive therapy implies, CBT can be seen as the integration of two separate strains of psychotherapy- that is cognitive therapy and behavioral therapy (Thoma, Pileki and Mckay). I learned how this theory starts with the mind in order to change the behavior. The therapist is looked at as a teacher, mentor or educator to help the client realize what they need to change. I gained a better understanding of how to apply this theory into challenging behaviors. I viewed the mother-in law’s behavior as challenging and the therapist as helping the client deal with
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