Analysis Of Aaron Beck's Cognitive Therapy Theory

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In science, we often look for certainty. Physics and chemistry are a benchmark for science, offering concrete answers from the beginning. Psychology has never been privy to straightforward answers, solutions, or formulae for prediction. There aren’t as clear right answers - predictions take into account many factors, deal with immeasurable and abstract ideas, and work on a scale that can’t quite be defined - but the field has still strived towards new and better solutions to help people while trying to strike a balance between the concrete and the abstract. Some psychologists believe that there are “right” and “wrong” modes of thinking, outlining “rational” and “irrational” beliefs for REBT, for example. Cognitive Therapy, developed by Aaron Beck, aims to help people while disregarding the notes of right and wrong. Before the details of the therapy itself, here is some information about Aaron Beck, the psychologist behind the methods. Aaron Beck, while known for his contributions in the form of Cognitive Therapy, was originally trained in Freud’s psychoanalysis. Beck was a practicing psychiatrist, trained in the increasingly doubted method of therapy, and its questionably scientific …show more content…
In particular, its formulaic and logical approach to therapy. This can be intimidating for a client, as well as less effective for the client-therapist relationship, which can make a significant difference in the effectiveness of a therapy. Further, while cognitive therapy has shown itself to be effective enough to keep up with pharmacotherapy, it’s worth noting that no therapy is completely effective for every client. This is a criticism of every therapy, but especially important to consider for those which return favorable results in research, like cognitive therapy. There is no one size fits all solution for therapy, which is just as important as having empirically supported treatment

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