Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Homework Assignments

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that has been empirically tested for the treatment of various mental health symptoms, including depression, anxiety, and anger.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an approach that focuses on the client’s current symptomatology, sets specific goals and devises a plan working with the client to meet these treatment goals. The client’s upbringing and history are addressed in therapy as it pertains to his current symptomatology.

One’s learning history may be quite important in determining the etiology behind how someone thinks currently. A key component to effective Cognitive Behavioral Therapy involves assigning the client assignments to be completed during the week before the next psychotherapy session. Meeting with a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist alone is not nearly as effective as meeting with a therapist in conjunction with practicing the skills learned in therapy throughout the week.

Continue reading Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

The Cognitive-Behavioral Model of Relaxation

Relaxation-induced cortisol changes within lunch breaks – an experimental longitudinal worksite field study

How do you spend your lunch break? Progressive muscle relaxation during your lunchtime routine could impact on your immediate levels of cortisol, as well as your levels of long-term chronic stress.

A recent study was set up to advance knowledge of how to maximize recovery during lunch break routines, based on the cognitive-behavioral model of relaxation. According to the authors, “optimizing the recovery impact of lunch breaks may be a promising path for solving problems of high stress and the resulting impact on performance, health, and quality of life”.

Continue reading The Cognitive-Behavioral Model of Relaxation

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for ADHD Treatment

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an empirically-based psychotherapy used for the treatment of various childhood mental health disorders. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has attracted increased attention over the last two decades.

Research shows that ADHD is, in fact, a real disorder stemming from malfunctions with a person’s prefrontal lobe of the brain. While medication management is effective in treating certain symptoms of the disorder, the best results are seen with medication management plus cognitive behavioral therapy techniques.

ADHD Diagnosis in Children

ADHD is often diagnosed in childhood, though adults struggle with this disorder just the same. It is first important for the cognitive behavioral therapists to understand and express to the parents of a child with ADHD that it is a medical condition and largely beyond the control of the child. Parents often become frustrated and discouraged with their ADHD child, feeling as though they have tried everything to improve the child’s behavior to no avail.

Continue reading Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for ADHD Treatment

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Depressive Thoughts

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an empirically tested form of psychotherapy that has been shown to be effective in improving various mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, and anger. Cognitive behavioral therapy and its components have progressed over the last 50 years or so.

One of the founders of the cognitive behavioral therapy model, Albert Ellis, was one of the first psychologists who recognized that thoughts or beliefs were directly related to his or her emotional experiences and behaviors. Albert Ellis developed a psychotherapy called Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), which is still commonly practiced in the field of psychology today.

Another front-runner in cognitive behavioral therapy was Aaron Beck, whose Cognitive Therapy model also involved focusing on the client’s thoughts as the route to their mental health dysfunction. Both Cognitive Therapy and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy are effective in treating depressive disorders.

Continue reading Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Depressive Thoughts

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy for Anger Management

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy is a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) developed by psychologist Albert Ellis. Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) has been shown to be an effective treatment in anger management.

Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is to not only define the trigger and emotional/behavioral consequence for one’s anger but to identify the irrational beliefs associated with the anger response.

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) emphasizes four categories of irrational beliefs that lead to an angry response. It is important for a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (CBT) to teach his clients that it is not a specific trigger that causes anger, but once irrational interpretations of the trigger that lead to the anger response. It is important for a client involved in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to understand that one of the main goals of treatment is to change his beliefs, more so than the trigger itself.

Continue reading Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy for Anger Management

Behavior Management and Parenting

Parents often seek out psychotherapy services to help remediate their children’s behavior problems. There is little evidence to support that play therapy alone is an effective treatment for childhood behavioral problems.

For childhood behavior problems to be effectively remediated, it is necessary for parents to be included in the treatment, if not be the sole participators in the psychotherapeutic process. Depending on the age of the child and symptoms, children may be included in very few sessions.

Parental Psychotherapy Intake

Parents first have an intaking session for psychotherapy. It is common during the intake for behavior therapists to see a parent explain her child’s behavior problems, and place the blame on the child for the behavior, and frequently fail to see how their own actions or passivity have contributed to these problems.

Continue reading Behavior Management and Parenting