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An Overview of Cognitive Psychology
A review of the main treatment models in cognitive therapy.
# 152614 | 902 words | 3 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Apr 03, 2013 in Psychology (Therapies)

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The paper explains the basic elements of cognitive therapy and relates that by helping to alter dysfunctional thinking, cognitive therapy can be important in helping to implant measures preventing future emotional discord. The paper then looks at therapeutic models which are considered a sub-set of cognitive therapy, and specifically discusses dialectical behavioral therapy and bio-social therapy. The paper also discusses the behavioral model as a larger umbrella in the evaluation psychoanalysis that provides a formative basis to the other treatment models.

From the Paper:

"The basic assumption of cognitive therapy is that a goal-oriented approach to treatment is required which projects basic the assumption that there are certain beliefs and perspectives present in the subject which are dysfunctional. The presence of these dysfunctional aspects of one's thinking promote negative emotional and behavioral responses which can be self-fulfilling. Therefore, cognitive therapy works to alter this dysfunctional thinking by setting goals for positive orientation and subsequently by attempting to locate the roots of the patient's negative cognitive orientation. Accordingly, Beck (1995) tells that "realistic evaluation and modification of thinking produce and improvement in mood and behavior. Enduring improvement results from modification of the patient's underlying dysfunctional beliefs." (Beck, 1) This is the overarching premise which drives the practice for the benefit of those with anxiety disorders and behavioral problems.
"The Cognitive Therapy model presents a constructive framework for collecting and interpreting client-data. This is an approach with is centered on encouraging the client to speak and disclose, to the point that Beck tells that "the final element of every therapy session is feedback." (Beck, 41) Beck also contends that the Cognitive approach is important to assessing client strengths and limitations, with the latter of those being defining the by the dysfunction of thought central to cognition based theories."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Beck, A. (1995). Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond. Guilford Press.
  • Jones, C. & McDougall, T. (2007). Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for People Who Self-harm. Mental Health Practice, 11(1).
  • Schimelpfening, N. (2009). What is Behavioral Therapy. About Depression. Online at

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