The Theory Of Cognitive Therapy

1468 WordsOct 10, 20156 Pages
Abstract The theory of Cognitive Therapy was Beck’s initial therapy approach to depression. This paper will provide an overview of Cognitive Therapy and treatment modalities for depression, as well as the writer’s personal view on counseling and cognitive therapy. Additionally, the paper will examine depression as a presenting problem and the use (application) of Cognitive Therapy theory to treating a person with depression. Cognitive Therapy Theory as Applied to Depression Review of Cognitive Therapy Theory Cognitive Therapy (CT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) are used interchangeable. Cognitive therapy is a series of short-term treatments that teaches specific skills. Aaron T. Beck is known as the founder of CT for depression in the 1960s and 70s, and he and some colleagues developed a full manual that described the treatment (DeRubeis, Siegle, & Hollon, 2008, p. 789). Further, the authors indicates that in CT the role of the therapist is to teach the individual how to acquire the basic skills to recognize negative thoughts and images that causes the emotional experience and how to block out those thoughts and images that are believed to be the contributing factor (p. 789). Jarrett, Vittengl, Clark, and Thase (2011) implies that the purpose of CT is to teach a person to identify and modify relations between thoughts, feelings, and behavior so that it will help alleviate emotional distress. Hofmann, Asmundson and Beck (2013) indicates that CT
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