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(p. 59) Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies 101 

(p. 59) Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies 101
(p. 59) Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies 101

Ann M. Steffen

, Larry W. Thompson

, and Dolores Gallagher-Thompson

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date: 29 June 2022

This chapter serves as a brief orientation to cognitive-behavioral therapies across problem areas and populations. At its heart, cognitive-behavioral therapy is a theoretical orientation to behavioral health and wellness that prioritizes scientific evidence while also being deeply humanistic in emphasizing transparency and collaboration between clients and therapists throughout treatment. The chapter covers concepts that unify behavioral and cognitive therapies (conceptual model, “think” rules, developing and maintaining a therapeutic relationship), outlines the three phases of therapy (early, middle, ending), and describes key clinical skill domains (session structure and pacing; “describe, demonstrate, do, and discuss”; overcoming common barriers to home practice assignments; using validation and metaphors effectively).

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