Family Counseling Approach

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Running head: THE ISSUE OF CHOICE The Issue of Choice: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Melissa Trask Liberty University May 12, 2010 Abstract Counseling has been in existence from the beginning of time. From Jethro to Freud, therapists and philosophers have been seeking insight into the core of human nature and cognitions. Cognitive-Behavioral therapy(CBT) recognizes that faulty cognitions and beliefs affect the behaviors of individuals. One method of cognitive-behavior therapy, reality therapy, incorporates the concepts of free choice and personal responsibility that are taught both in Scripture and Dr. William Glasser’s choice theory. Other aspects of CBT, such as cognitive restructuring and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy…show more content…
Development By the end of the 1970 's, a group of therapists began to recognize the way in which cognitive factors such as attitudes, expectations, and beliefs affect an individual’s behaviors. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has been a welcomed treatment method in the marriage and family therapy community, as it focusing on interactions between couples and family members. Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck are reported to be the first to recognize the impact that faulty cognitions have on relationships. Ellis’ A-B-C theory of dysfunctional behavior presents an idea that the activating events (A) are not to be blamed for upsetting consequences (C) in a person’s life, but rather the unrealistic beliefs (B) they hold about their experiences. In terms of family therapy, Ellis would argue that the disarray that takes place in couple’s marriage is not due to the act of arguing, but the beliefs each partner holds about the argument or other destructive behaviors. A run-of-the mill argument may be blown out of proportion if one half of a couple believes that he/she is worthless as a result (Goldenberg & Goldenberg, 2008). CBT is founded on the ideas of cognitive psychology and behavior therapy. Numerous perspectives in the psychology world have contributed to the development of this treatment method. Adlerian concepts can be seen in the CBT ideas of schemas and individual perceptions. Gestalt perspectives are also utilized as
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