Thought Focused Treatments Essay

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Thought-Focused Treatments Different approaches to therapy exist. Understanding the different approaches can help clinicians offer better interventions based on the nature of the problem and the desired outcome. Two main approached to therapy exist: psychoanalytical and thought-focused treatments. Thought-focused treatment approaches developed as psychologists began to challenge the practices of psychoanalytical treatments. Differences in beliefs in the interaction of cognition, emotions, and behavior of humans, therapy process, and therapeutic interventions exist between psychoanalytical and thought-process treatments. The main goal of psychoanalytical treatment is to achieve the best equilibrium possible for the functioning of the…show more content…
7. One cannot and must not face life's responsibilities and difficulties and it is easier to avoid them. 8. One must be quite dependent on others and need them and you cannot mainly run one's own life. 9. One's past history is an all-important determiner of one's present behavior and because something once strongly affected one's life, it should indefinitely have a similar effect. 10. Other people's disturbances are horrible and one must feel upset about them. 11. There is invariably a right, precise and perfect solution to human problems and it is awful if this perfect solution is not found. A woman who believes she will never be able to love again because her fiancé decided to end their six-month relationship is an example of the IB that states that it is awful and terrible when things are not the way one would very much like them to be. The belief that a man will very likely become physically abusive toward his wife because he witnessed and was a victim of physical abuse from his father is an example of the IB that states that one's past history is an all-important determiner of one's present behavior and because something once strongly affected one's life, it should indefinitely have a similar effect. Cognitive therapy is another form of thought-focused treatment. Cognitive therapy targets the meaning given to experiences through an assessment of the cognitive process. Aaron Beck developed
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