The Client 's Thoughts, Assumptions And Inferences

808 WordsNov 21, 20154 Pages
The counselor and the client will work collaboratively on exploring the client’s thoughts, assumptions and inferences. The therapist teaches the client to test these by checking them against reality and against other assumptions. Homework assignments, behavioral experiments, gathering data on assumptions made, and forming alternative interpretations help clients to monitor the frequency with which these beliefs intrude in situations in everyday life. (Corey, 2013). Consistent with the medical model of psychiatry, the overall goal of treatment is symptom reduction, improvement in functioning, and remission of the disorder. In order to achieve this goal, the client becomes an active participant in a collaborative problem-solving process to test and challenge the validity of maladaptive cognitions and to modify maladaptive behavioral patterns. Thus, modern CBT refers to a family of interventions that combine a variety of cognitive, behavioral, and emotion-focused techniques (Hofmann, 2011; Hofmann, Asmundson, & Beck (!)) Even though these strategies greatly emphasize cognitive factors, CBT recognizes the physiological, emotional, and behavioral components which also play a significant role in contributing to the disorder. Although each variation of cognitive behavioral therapy has a different view of the role of a helper in the counseling process. Ellis views the therapist largely as a teacher and does not think that a warm personal relationship with clients is essential. In
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