Applying Behavioral and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies

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Assignment 4: Applying Behavioral and Cognitive Behavioral
Therapies

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?  

Due Wednesday,
January 29, 2014
.

Assignment 2 Grading Criteria and Respective Point Value

Maximum

Points

Stated three assumptions from a cognitive therapy perspective about
the origin of Codrina’s behavioral problems.

15

Described in detail two concrete and specific goals for Codrina from a
cognitive behavioral perspective that a therapist might have for a client.

10

Explained how a cognitive therapist’s goals for his or her client
might differ from the client’s goals in this situation.

15

Stated two cognitive distortions and provided supportive evidence from
the case study to substantiate the choices.

15

Described at least two techniques or methods a cognitive therapist
would use to achieve their stated goals.

15

Described the desired outcome of therapy for Codrina.

10

Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical
scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; displayed
accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

20

Total:

100

Your
paper should be at least 1000 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.