Selecting Techniques in CBT

How does a therapist know to apply cognitive behavioral therapy to a client’s situation? Which techniques are best? Generally, a therapist should consider applying CBT from two vantage points: preliminary assessment and the client’s current focus. Before working with a patient, consider the diagnosis, treatment response and stage, and the patient’s motivation, among other factors. When working with the client, it is helpful to determine what specific issues he or she is concerned about, whether it’s necessary to connect the client’s progress to their other goals, and if he or she needs help with emotional regulation. The entire process may allow a therapist to see multiple method opportunities to assist their client.

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