CBT: A Client-Centered Approach

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underlying assumption that comes directly after the thought. The counselor and client can then break down what that assumption means to the client and whether or not it should be considered reasonable or distorted. Another method of approach is called “thought stopping” which teaches clients to stop automatic thoughts that keep running. It works by verbally saying stop or picturing a stop sign and force themselves to stop their train of thought. Roleplaying is another effective way to verbalize thoughts and challenge underlying assumptions, changing them into more positive thoughts, preventing catastrophizing or jumping to conclusions caused by cognitive distortions. Furthermore, exploring positive and negative consequences of continued drug…show more content…
Triggers commonly cause clients to relapse and it is important for the development of self-advocacy. This advocacy can be developed by the transformation of thought through rigorous evaluation and understanding of thinking errors and cognitive distortions. CBT works towards skill building with a variety of tools and is effective because of its ability to adjust to meet the client’s needs while documenting progress. The program’s success comes from the implementation of CBT and a combination of other approaches. In alcohol and drug counseling, a client-centered approach has proven to be one of best practice. CBT can be used in partnership with many kinds of approaches to meet the client 's needs. Specific agencies such as Meridian Behavioral Health utilize Health Realization as their primary model of practice but also heavily use CBT because both practices work well together and often overlap in practice. CBT is the recognition of thought through evaluation and meditation. HR practices the three principles which are 1. Mind or intuition e.g. the intelligent, animating force that makes us alive or intelligence of all things. 2. Thought e.g. the understanding that thought dictates experiences which make you aware. 3. Consciousness e.g. understanding that you are deeper than your thoughts and consciousness being the intelligence that guides us without thought. “We go through life thinking; thought is the main catalyst that brings reality to us.” (Video: Sydney banks talks about the Three Principle 2010). Studies have shown results of CBT last long after the treatment itself and are further strengthened by the use of medications with the partnership of psychologists and psychiatrists during and after

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