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A History of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

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A History of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

By Yasemin MERIÇ - June, 2005

Social Science Inst. of Istanbul Dogus University

Clinical Psychology

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is not a specific therapy but rather, a general classification of psychotherapy ("History," 2004). Within the CBT model, there are a few approaches and this include Cognitive Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Rational Behavior Therapy, Schema Focused Therapy, Rational Living Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (2004). Each of these methods has a different developmental history (2004). Some are more popular than others. For example, REBT is well embraced as is cognitive therapy. Within the same family of psychology, each of these theories have different authors and different techniques employed in the course of treatment.

First, what is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy exactly? CBT is a psychotherapeutic model that is utilized by psychologists or therapists in order to enhance positive changes in individuals ("Cognitive Behavioral," 2004). It is supposed to help in the alleviation of emotional distress, as well as to look at a variety of issues that relate to psychological, behavioral and social difficulties (2004). Therapists who engage in this approach serve to identify and treat problems

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