Essay about Cognitive Psychology : Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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Within a cognitive behavioral framework, emotions are viewed as a consequence of cognitive change, where the etiological significance of emotions has largely been lowered to a secondary status (Courbasson, Nishikawa & Shapira, 2011). Cognitive behavior therapy has the distinct advantage of helping clients to develop coping skills deemed useful for the present and future. As such, substance abuse clients through cognitive behavioral therapy can practice new coping skills taught and rehearse ways for avoiding or dealing with social situations that could potentially initiate a relapse.
Criticism of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Cognitive behavioral therapy has been criticized for downplaying emotions, failure to focus on the role of the unconscious or underlying conflicts governing individuals’ thoughts and for being too structured for some clients (Corey, 2013). Even though cognitive behavior therapy allows clients to become aware of their thoughts, the awareness gained does not guarantee that the thoughts will stop (http://psychology.about.com/od/psychotherapy/a/cbt.htm). As such, it is imperative that a wide range of strategies such as relaxation techniques and mental distractions be incorporated to help clients overcome their unhealthy thoughts which usually results in them displaying maladaptive behaviors (http://psychology.about.com/od/psychotherapy/a/cbt.htm).
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