How Can Modern Behavioural Therapies Help a Client Accept the Uncertainty of Their Future

2817 Words Sep 23rd, 2012 12 Pages
“How can modern behavioural therapies help a client accept the uncertainty of their future?”

In order to evaluate whether modern behavioural therapies can help a client accept the uncertainty of their future, I am going to look in detail at two Modern Behavioural therapies, REBT – Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy and CBT – Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to ascertain their use in therapy with a client.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy it is a way of talking about, how you think about yourself, the world and other people and how what you do affects your thoughts and feelings.
CBT can help you to change how you think ('Cognitive') and what you do ('Behaviour'). These changes can help you to feel better. Unlike
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Together you will look at your thoughts, feelings and behaviours to work out, if they are unrealistic or unhelpful and how they affect each other, and you.
The therapist will then help you to work out how to change unhelpful thoughts and behaviours. It's easy to talk about doing something, much harder to actually do it. So, after you have identified what you can change, your therapist will recommend 'homework' - you practise these changes in your everyday life. Depending on the situation, you might start to question a self-critical or upsetting thought and replace it with a more helpful (and more realistic) one that you have developed in CBT. You may also recognise that you are about to do something that will make you feel worse and, instead, do something more helpful. At each meeting you discuss how you've got on since the last session. Your therapist can help with suggestions if any of the tasks seem too hard or don't seem to be helping. They will not ask you to do things you don't want to do - you decide the pace of the treatment and what you will and won't try. The strength of CBT is that you can continue to practise and develop your skills even after the sessions have finished. This makes it less likely that your symptoms or problems will return.
CBT is one of the most effective treatments for conditions where anxiety or depression is the main problem. It is the most effective psychological treatment for moderate and severe depression and it is as