Compare and contrast cognitive behavior therapy and 'solution focused therapy

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After the solution-focused therapist and the client have constructed a model for the client's future, the two work together to identify any point in the client's past life when conditions were more like what the client what his or her future to look like. Such a brief retrospective view allows the client both to understand what is actually important to him or her and to acknowledge that s/he is capable of creating positive conditions in her or his life (Miller, Hubble, M.A., Duncan, B.L. (1996).

By focusing on the conditions that create the conditions in a client's life that the client sees as supporting a healthy life (these conditions might include the people who are supportive of a client, a job that is rewarding, even the city that the client is living in). This examination of the features of daily life that contribute to a sense of well-being is based on an established theoretical model based in both psychology and sociology that is called social constructivism, which dictates a close and continual attention to how a person's long-term goals are created through the accumulation of the smallest acts of everyday life - even the less positive aspects of daily life, as Jones (2008) summarizes: is in the problem free areas you find most of the resources to help the client. It also relaxes them and helps build rapport, and it can give you ideas to use for treatment...Everybody has natural resources that can be utilised. These might be events...or talk about friends or family...The idea behind accessing resources is that it gives you something to work with that you can use to help the client to achieve their goal...Even negative beliefs and opinions can be utilised as resources. (p. 451)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy also works with negative aspects of the client's life as a way to increase the positive aspects of his or her life. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a more established therapy than in solution-based therapy, although the two are conceptually twinned. The major goal of cognitive behavioral therapy is to solve difficulties that arise in the client's life as the result of the presence of behaviors and cognitions (that is, thoughts) along with emotions that are…[continue]

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