Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Theory And Practice

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Anushka Mirando CW1 Process Report Module Code: PS715 Module title: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Theory and Practice: Foundation Current literature suggests that the practising of cognitive therapy techniques on oneself is a valuable and useful way to learn about cognitive therapy (Beck, 1995; Padesky & Greenberger, 1995; Padesky, 1996). Padesky (1996, p. 288), for instance has written: ‘‘To fully understand the process of the therapy, there is no substitute for using cognitive therapy methods on oneself “. Beck (1995, p. 312) advises readers ‘‘to gain experience with the basic techniques of cognitive therapy by practising them yourself before doing so with patients . . . trying the techniques yourself allows you to correct…show more content…
It also enables therapists to experience therapy from the clients’ perspective and “ has a wide range of beneficial outcomes, the most important of which is the increased empathy for the client”. My journey to and through CBT training has given me the opportunity to the use self-reflective practice in addressing certain issues within my own life. I have recently undertaken client work as part of the academic requirement of this course and have experienced first-hand the important role which self-reflection plays when a client’s description of their problems, struck a similar chord within my own life. The identification of this set of maladaptive behaviours and rules of thought have only been identified and addressed due to participation of this Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Postgraduate Diploma and my initial work as a Trainee Therapist. The aforementioned client described problems with low self-esteem, feelings of constant failure whilst belittling the reported achievements in his life; and feeling the need to constantly better himself. When we tried to formulate the problem collaboratively, we were able to establish that his thoughts were: negative, discounting success, black and white and following rigid rules. He experienced feelings of low mood and exhaustion and noted that his behaviours involved constant checking, trying to multi task, being over thorough, making lists that were unrealistic to achieve and tendencies to avoid tasks and
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