Therapies Compared Comparison Essay by Jodiw

Therapies Compared
A comparative analysis between Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Brief Solution Focused Therapy.
# 57572 | 1,206 words | 12 sources | MLA | 2003 | AU
Published on Apr 05, 2005 in Psychology (Therapies)

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This paper provides a critical comparison of two common brief therapies--cognitive behaviour therapy and brief solution focused therapy. A thorough analysis of the current themes and practices used in these two treatments is made in order to provide the foundation for a comprehensive comparison of the two. Their similarities and differences are presented and it is concluded that both techniques are effective in managing a variety of problems.

Brief Solution
Focused Therapy
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
BSFT & CBT Compared

From the Paper:

"Brief solution focused therapy (BSFT) was developed in the early 1980's by Steve de Shazer and colleagues, whose philosophy to focus on solutions rather than problems became the foundation of this therapy (de Shazer & Berg, 1997). The main goal of BSFT is to help clients access their own strengths and capacities and to help them develop and recognise these as a means to change (Durrant, 2000). A core assumption of BSFT is that there are always exceptions to problems, instances in which the problem will not occur. These exceptions are brought to the client's attention almost immediately in the first session by the counsellor (Stalker, Levene & Coady, 1999). Another important assumption of BSFT is that solutions don't have to have much in common with problems, with the same basic therapy producing changes in a wide variety of cases (Stalker et. al.)."

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