Cognitive Behavioral Therapy ( Cbt )

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a collaborative practice model in which the practitioner and the patient focus on improving mental health by addressing the patient’s feelings, thoughts, and behaviors (T. Eick, J. Matuszak, & A. Stacey, personal communication, November 19th, 2015). This model is beneficial as it addresses challenging behavior by looking into the thoughts and feelings behind the behavior, instead of only trying to change the outward appearance. In the first sessions of this therapy, the client is told what CBT is, the client describes what they believe are the problems that need to be addressed, and goals are set to solve these problems (T. Eick, J. Matuszak, & A. Stacey, personal communication, November 19th, 2015). This is helpful because if the client has a say in setting their own goals they are more motivated to follow through with them. During the intervention sessions of this model the worker discusses dysfunctional thoughts with the client and how these appear in different situations. Goals are also reassessed in a collaborative approach to determine if they are working and are appropriate. When treatment is coming to an end, it is collaboratively discussed if the client and those important to them believe they are ready to end treatment. It is important that there is a summary of what skills the client has learned and for relapse prevention, identify possible future triggers and how the client will address these. This model is very

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