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Understanding Cognitive Therapy

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Understanding Cognitive Therapy

Psychiatrist Aaron T. Bect developed a psychotherapy called cognitive therapy. Cognitive Therapy was developed in the 1960s by Beck as a therapeutic approach to treat depression.

By identifying and changing behavior, emotional responses, and dysfunctional thinking, cognitive therapy aims to help the patient overcome numerous difficulties. This comes about by helping a patient develop skills for changing beliefs, recognizing distorted thoughts, changing the way one relates to others, and behavior modification. Treatment is focused on cooperation between the patient, the therapist and testing principles. In the beginning, Beck focused on depression and conceptualized something called “errors” in thinking, that he thought would produce depression. They include selective abstraction, over-generalization, arbitrary inference, and exaggeration of the negative, and a playing down of the positive.

Cognitive Retention Therapy is a cognitive therapy for dementia and is known as the Ashby Memory Method that is derived from research by Dr. Mira Ashby. Dr. Ashby’s programs on brain injury rehabilitation brought about this program. It is specially tailored for those who have suffered damage by Alzheimer’s disease and with other dementia. It also aids in stimulating the five senses.



8/13/2011 11:21:24 PM
boo said:

I am a brain injury survivor and Im thinking about taking a class on cognitive psychologist

2/15/2012 2:12:00 PM
Alissa said:

This is a very insightful comment. Those of you who want to look more into this subject should read Muses, Madmen and Prophets by Daniel Brown. That book is wonderfully written and hard to put down.

2/15/2012 2:14:32 PM
Alissa said:

I have a correction. The author was Daniel B. Smith not Daniel Brown. Sorry.


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