Cognitive Behavioral Theory

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As we have mentioned, cognitive behavioural theory is not a single theory. There are as many as 16 different theories associated with the cognitive behavioural model. Some of them include Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Rational Behavior Therapy, Rational Living Therapy, Cognitive Therapy and Dialectic Behavior Therapy. Cognitive Therapy is a system of psychotherapy that attempts to reduce excessive emotional reactions and self-defeating behaviour, by modifying the faulty or erroneous thinking and maladaptive beliefs that underlie these reactions.- Beck According CBT can be thought of as a highly structured, evidence based-treatment that aims to address patient’s current problems. The treatment is goal oriented and goals are agreed between the patient and clinician usually in terms of improving the patient’s distressing emotional states and unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviour. Here, each aspect of the of treatment is explicitly discussed. The treatment usually lasts 12-18 sessions which is short compared to techniques such as psychoanalysis that can last…show more content…
While the therapeutic relationship between the client and patient are important, it is not enough to ensure recovery. The clinician also needs to have specific practicals at his disposal and be able to teach the patient how to use these skills outside the treatment setting. In CBT, the clinician and the patient are both equals in the treatment process. The patient brings his understanding of his problems and the clinician brings his knowledge of CBT interventions to share with the patient. One of the skills that the clinician has to develop is that of responsibity in the client. One way of doing is ensuring that the client and clinician both actively participate in the sessions. Another is by giving the patient homework tasks. We shall explore this relationship further
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