Cognitive Theory of depression was developed by:
Cognitive therapy refers to a psychotherapeutic approach developed by Dr. Aaron Beck.
- Cognitive therapy is one of the therapeutic approaches within the larger group of cognitive-behavioral therapies.
- Cognitive therapy seeks to help the client overcome difficulties by identifying and changing dysfunctional thinking, behavior, and emotional responses.
- This involves helping clients develop skills for modifying beliefs, identifying distorted thinking, relative to others in different ways, and changing behaviors’.
- Treatment is based on collaboration between client and therapist and testing beliefs.
- Therapy may consist of testing the assumptions which one makes and identifying how some of one’s usually unquestioned thoughts are distorted, unrealistic, and unhelpful.
- Once, those thoughts have been challenged, one’s feelings about the subject matter of those thoughts are more easily subject to change.