Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy

Moghaddam, Nima G. and Dawson, David L. (2016) Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy. In: Formulation in Action: Applying psychological theory to clinical practice. De Gruyter, pp. 36-59. ISBN 9783110470994, 9783110471014

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Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is a generic term, encompassing both: (1) approaches underpinned by an assumption that presenting emotional and behavioural difficulties are cognitively mediated or moderated; and (2) atheoretical bricolages of cognitive and behavioural techniques. This latter category may include effective therapeutic packages (perhaps acting through mechanisms articulated in the first category) but, when theory is tacit, it becomes harder to make analytical generalisations or to extrapolate principles that could guide idiographic formulation and intervention. In contrast, the first category of approaches posits that presenting difficulties may be formulated from an assessment of individual cognitive content (thought processes and underlying beliefs) and implies that we can bring about change in presenting difficulties through change in associated cognitions. Within this chapter, we formulate the case of ‘Molly’, using the theoretical model of CBT articulated by A. T. Beck, to understand the client’s presentation, current difficulties, and potential areas for intervention.

Keywords:cognitive behaviour therapy, clinical psychology, psychological formulation
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C840 Clinical Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:20056
Deposited On:20 Jan 2016 16:42

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