Criticisms Of Cognitive Theory

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The strengths reflected by cognitive theory are those that provide knowledge about relationships, enhances perpetual skills, improves decision-making skills, and improves assessment skills (Nylund, 2015). Some criticisms of the theory suggest that cognitive theory focuses primarily on the individual and not the environment as a dynamic (Walsh, 2006, p 196). Furthermore, this theory does not focus on an individual’s emotions, such as crying, since the theory is over rationalized. This perspective can be seen as very cookie cutter because of the structure of the interventions. There is a lot of funding for the use of this perspective, but that does not mean it is more helpful than other perspectives.
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For example, I have a client that struggles with borderline personality disorder. She is constantly going to jail because of her substance abuse, she lost custody of her daughter, and has a weak relationship with her parents. We found that DBT would be a perfect start for her recovery. She is now attending regular DBT skills training groups at TCORE where they teach her behavioral skills. The skills that are taught in DBT skills group are things such as emotional regulation, mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance. The assumption for DBT is that clients do not have these skills; therefore, we need to teach them the skills necessary to improve their life. Each week the clinician will focus on different topics. The clinician provides clients with the tools they need and encourages them to practice the skills on their own outside of the agency. My client has been attending this group and states that it has been truly helpful to her. She used to feel hopeless and used drugs as her coping mechanism. Since the start the DBT group, her life has been changing slowly in the positive direction. She has now been sober for 40 days and has been utilizing other techniques to cope with her depression and anxiety. DBT is something I would like to become more familiar with as I progress through the …show more content…
For example, I have a client that is suffering from depression and anxiety. She addressed that her negative thoughts would be spontaneous and she would not know how to stop them. We tried to work on figuring out what triggers those emotions first, but she could not find a reason, as they are random and unpredictable. Then I referred to cognitive coping by helping my client learn and practice new effective ways of dealing with her moods and negativity. For example, I familiarized her with deep breathing, writing down her emotions when they happen so we can better understand what is triggering them, and self-instruction skills such as “pep talk”. She realized that deep breathing only helped a little in the beginning, but it no longer helps. I encouraged her to attempt different coping strategies to see what works and what does not work. It ultimately depends on each individual whether an intervention will help with his or her needs. In this case, I am still helping my client brainstorm new skills she can apply when she is feeling depressed and

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