Applying Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies - 35966

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Codrina is a 40-year-old, divorced,  white female seeking counseling at a community mental health center.  She is seeking counseling because she has been  depressed, unable to sleep well and has lost her appetite since the sudden  ending of her marriage one month ago.  Before  leaving, her husband told her that he did not love her any longer and doubted  whether he ever did. He told Codrina that he had felt lonely and distant from  her for the entire three years of their short marriage. He now questions  whether she is even capable of feeling love for another person.

Codrina was raised in an orphanage  and her childhood years were characterized by isolation, hunger and scarcity.  She describes spending many days just staring at the wall and rocking back and  forth. After she left the orphanage at 16 years of age she worked in odd jobs  and was in and out of abusive relationships with men for a few years until she  met her husband about four years ago. She lived with him for six months before  they got married. Even from the start she had a difficult time trusting him or  any man for that matter. She showed little interest in sex, never cried, rarely  laughed and had a very subdued mood most of the time. In the second year of her  marriage, Codrina discovered that her husband was having an affair with a woman  he worked with. Instead of being upset, she was almost relieved because it  seemed to take the pressure off of her to engage in sexual intercourse with her  husband.  Out of guilt, he finally told  her about the affair. Upon hearing his confession, Condrina showed no emotion  and didn’t even ask him to end the affair. From that point forward her husband  spent few nights at home and one month ago announced he was filing for divorce.  Now, in addition to her insomnia and poor appetite she is neglecting her  self-care to the point that she is being shunned by others who come in contact  with her, which deepens her sense of isolation. She’s coming to therapy to see  if you can help her before she loses all hope that she can regain control of  her life.  

Assume that you are a cognitive  behavioral therapist and have agreed to work with Codrina. Using principles and  techniques from Beck’s Cognitive Therapy (CT), respond to the following  questions:

  • From a cognitive behavioral  perspective, state at least three assumptions that you would make about the  origin of Codrina’s behavioral problems? Be specific and detailed in your  response.
  • Describe at least two goals that  you, as a cognitive behavioral therapist, would have for Codrina in therapy.  Give a thorough rationale for each goal bringing in terms and concepts from CT.
  • How might your goals differ from  those that Codrina might have coming into therapy?
  • Identify at least two cognitive  distortions that Codrina might be experiencing. State each one and provide  evidence from the information given about her life that would support each  cognitive distortion you have mentioned.
  • What CT techniques or methods would  you use to achieve the goals mentioned in question 2?
  • As a CT therapist, what would be  your desired outcome for Codrina be as a result of your work with her?  

The response paper should be at least 1200 words. Your paper should be double-spaced and in 12 point, Times New Roman font with normal one-inch margins, and should follow APA style for attributing sources. It should include a title page with a running head and a reference page.

 Criteria to follow
Stated three assumptions from a cognitive therapy perspective about the origin of Codrina’s behavioral problems.
Described in detail two concrete and specific goals for Codrina from a cognitive behavioral perspective that a therapist might have for a client.
Explained how a cognitive therapist’s goals for his or her client might differ from the client’s goals in this situation.
Stated two cognitive distortions and provided supportive evidence from the case study to substantiate the choices.
Described at least two techniques or methods a cognitive therapist would use to achieve their stated goals.
Described the desired outcome of therapy for Codrina.
Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.


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