Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: A Synthesis A form of psychotherapy that combines the techniques of cognitive therapy and behavioral therapy. Seeks to help the client develop a sense of self-efficacy (The belief that one is capable of performing in a certain manner to attain certain goals. ) The MOST popular type of CBT is known as REBT: Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
The ABC’s of REBT A = Activating Event/Adversity What do you think happened? What would a camera see? B = Beliefs about Activating Event What did you tell yourself? C = Consequences How did you act? How did you feel? While it may seem odd at the beginning, you want to start somewhat backwards. Start with the (C).
Mental “First Aid” If someone asks you for help, keep in mind that serious problems (especially those involving suicide or threats) require immediate professional treatment Otherwise, your best tools may be… Listening Acceptance Exploring alternatives