Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Case Study

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Therapy for Lost Love: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive and behavioral therapies are both forms of psychotherapy (a psychological approach to treatment) and are based on scientific principles that help people change the way they think, feel and behave. They are problem-focused and practical. There are 4 elements within CBT: Cognitions (thoughts, reasoning, memory, imagination), Behavior, Emotions (feelings), and Physical Self (sensations), with all of these set within the context of a social and physical environment – CBT cannot ignore any one of these. The theory I am focusing the most on in Cognitive Behavioral therapies is the cognitive aspect of the theory.

Basic Steps in Cognitive Therapy
1.Notice negative emotions
2.Be aware of …show more content…

She has issues being intimate in relationships when she wants to be. She also has issues with her relationships in general. She has dated multiple men and none of her relationships have lasted more than a month. She started coming to me to help her with her relationship and intimacy issues that she has. After hearing about what has happened in all of her previous relationships and why she can’t seen to have intimacy even though she wants to, I have decided to treat her with CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). The reason I am choosing to treat Charlotte with this kind of therapy is because in recent years, there have been recent trends of transdiagnostic approaches to CBT. Problems with intimacy and interpersonal issues are often found is most psychiatric disorders. Most of the targets that get focused on in CBT are primarily intrapersonal, with some directly involved in interpersonal functioning and effective intimacy. Since intimacy is one of her biggest problems and the fact that many of her relationships have ended abruptly because of this, the intimacy issue Charlotte has is what I want to focus mainly on. I would be able to apply the same treatment principles across many mental disorders without tailoring the treatments for specific diagnoses. This is important for me because it makes it easier for me to be able to treat Charlotte without a bunch of trial and error with things …show more content…

Some patients don’t take to psychoanalysis as well as others so it might take a long time to be able to come up with the underlying reason that she is having issues with intimacy in her relationships. I have seen her multiple times over the past couple months and I feel she wouldn’t have been a good fit for the talk therapy. I also chose not to use the Nietzschean therapy because I didn’t feel it was a good fit for the case. I didn’t feel like the patient had issues with her desires involving the relationship. She knew what she wanted, she just couldn’t get herself there. I think that CBT was the strongest and best choice for

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