Cbt Case Study: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a widely recognized an accepted approach of treatment for a host of different psychological difficulties (Westbrook et, al., 2007). There are a large number of well-constructed experiments that have shown it to be highly useful in treating depression and anxiety disorders, including GAD (Carr 2009). The aim of this case study is to examine the application of CBT. It contents, structure, processes, theory, research knowledge and practice skills, in relation to working with a client experiencing GAD. The first process in this case study will contain the background information about the client and the necessary consent forms. Next, a brief discretion of the theoretical framework of CBT will describe the…show more content…
The ‘cognitive triad’ is through experiences, and events in childhood. The ‘schemas’ is referred to the basic beliefs and assumptions of an individual may have about self, world and future and interpersonal relationship. It allows us to make sense of ourselves, the world, and the future. However, if an event or series of events violations of an individual’s beliefs and assumptions, then dysfunctional assumptions, automatic thoughts, and negative biases become more active, and distressed states such as anxiety or depression can result. Common negative biases in depression and anxiety include are over generalizing, mind-reading and predicting the future. The crucial component of CBT therapy is to challenge negative thoughts, assumptions, and core beliefs, with more functional or thought-feeling-behavior. The CBT interventions specifically utilized in the treatment of anxiety included the Becks depression or homework, activity, record or thought dairies, or sleep records. Behavior experiments, relaxation, and techniques in order to gain a deeper understanding of the clients problems, maintaining problems and developing strategies towards resolving problems. The theoretical framework of CBT also contains an assessment of the client’s contextual information, such as relationships, personal, work and an agenda and medical. The agenda is set at the start of each session and involves what the client would be covering during sessions (what problem the client is having the most difficulty with) timing, and the number of sessions, goals of therapy and interventions, such as homework tasks. Information from the assessment is utilized to form a treatment plan for the clients problems in order to help explore the clients problems, and for setting goals towards changing the clients unhelpful patterns, through the employment of intervention. During the early stage of John’s therapy
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