Cognitive Therapy in the Family System
Cognitive therapists generally treat patients in individual or group sessions, but rarely work with marital or family units. An underlying premise of individual therapy is that the problem resides within the psyche of the particular patient and that recovery can occur to the extent that his or her cognitive distortions change in the course of treatment. For many patients, the premise is at least partially valid in that they experience symptom relief as a result of individual sessions with a therapist. In other cases, however, the cognitive therapist will find it necessary to modify both cognitions and relationships by including other family members in the treatment process (Bedrosian, 1981).
KeywordsCognitive Therapy Family System Cognitive Distortion Dysfunctional Belief Cognitive Therapist
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