The Pros And Cons Of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

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Due to current modern lifestyle which evolved around stressful events, it cannot be denied that people nowadays are more venerable to health diseases or illnesses. These illnesses include physical illness such as cardiovascular disease as well as those of mental illness such as depression. Many health care professionals such as doctors and psychologists have been going all out to help those who are in need. However, different techniques are required to help people physically and mentally. In this essay, we will focus on the psychotherapeutic approach such as cognitive-behavioural therapy used by psychologists to help the society deal with problems such as anxiety disorders. Among all the psychotherapeutic approaches, it was stated that cognitive-behavioural …show more content…

One of the benefits of CBT is that it is brief and time-limited. It was found that the average number of sessions that clients spent across all types of problems is 16 although some people may require more sessions than the average (National Association of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapists). CBT is brief because therapist provide instructions and allow clients to have homework assignment. Unlike other therapy such as the psychoanalysis approach which requires years to successfully help a …show more content…

Because the underlying reason of learning disabilities is related to genetics or with the brain, therefore, trying to challenge the thought of a client with this disability would be inappropriate. Furthermore, CBT emphasizes on assertiveness, independence, verbal ability, rationality, cognition and behavioural change of an individual and this might limit its usage on certain cultures which has different values and core beliefs (Corey, 2005). This can be a challenging task for therapist unless the therapist has dealt with a client of a same culture and has already have some understanding of the culture background and learned to be sensitive to their struggles. Besides that, people have different coping mechanism such as they cope either using emotions or cognitive. For client who uses emotional-focused coping mechanism, they would feel that CBT is not suitable for them as they are always being talked out of their emotions and are being forced to deal with problems in a more structured problem-focused way. Therapist can deal with this problem by using their clinical experience to observe how their clients cope with issues to know whether CBT is suitable for

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