The Importance Of Techniques In Cognitive Therapy

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Therapists use a wide variety of techniques to help patients change their cognitions, behavior, mood, and physiology. Techniques may be cognitive, behavioral, environmental, biological, supportive, interpersonal, or experiential. Therapists select techniques based on their ongoing conceptualization of the patient and his or her problems and their specific goals for the session. There is no one typical client for this approach, as cognitive therapy has been demonstrated in numerous research studies to be effective for depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders; for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and for a variety of medical problems with psychological components. Of course, treatment has to be varied for each disorder and therapists must not only understand the cognitive formulation of a specific disorder but also be able to conceptualize individual clients accurately and devise a treatment plan based on this formulation and conceptualization. Cognitive therapy interventions must also be adapted for older adults, children, and adolescents and for group, couples, and family treatment.
Smith and Segal (2014) describe emotional abuse as a form of assault that is intentional and manipulative and used as a method of control. Behaviors of the abuser exploits intimidation, fear, guilt, even threats to frighten and
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Therapists specializing in abuse situations know how to work with offending members and victims so that both begin to understand their role, responsibility and rights. Offenders can gain skills to address the issues that cause them to abuse, and victims can learn ways to move past the abuse and begin to rebuild their sense of self from the wreckage that the abuse has caused. Regardless of the form of treatment, learning how to develop emotional intelligence, set boundaries and modify behavior are the keys to overcoming the symptoms of abuse or preventing further

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