A Personal Theory of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Counseling

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A Personal Theory of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Counseling

Mary L. Terry
Student ID #: 22185762
Liberty University


A counselor’s job is to journey along with their client and to provide insight and support to those who are at risk and those who are hurting and searching for comfort and acceptance. If the counselor is a Christian they will also want to share our Heavenly Father’s love with the counselee and help guide them on a path that will lead them to Christ. There are several different techniques that can be used to break through the walls of some people in order to help them recognize the basis for their feelings whether it is such things as sin or faulty
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Jones and Butman (p. 211, 1991) also point out that according to CBT and the Bible, one’s thoughts are controllable and can enhance or reduce the quality of one’s life.
Model of Abnormality There are many hypotheses regarding psychological illnesses and most counselors consider anything that can be diagnosed using specific guidelines as an illness without taking the spiritual aspects of life into account. Many problems such as depression and a history of failed relationships can actually come from hurts suffered during childhood and negative self-talk according to Wilson (2001). Backus & Chapian (2000) also point out that many misbeliefs come from emotional turmoil and cause more emotional turmoil. This goes along with the idea that in cognitive behavioral therapy it is important to restructure the client’s idea of reality by changing their thought processes. In CBT automatic thoughts and dysfunctional thinking are what can cause many emotional difficulties for one. These types of thoughts can be arbitrary inferences which are when one jumps to a conclusion without facts to support the conclusion and it is usually a negative thought (Corey, p 288, 2009). Another type of automatic thought according to Corey is selective abstraction. Selective abstraction is a thought that comes from making conclusions based on an isolated occurrence. Overgeneralization is another automatic thought where one holds extreme beliefs based on one occurrence of an incident and


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