Cognitive Restructuring Techniques

  • Donald Meichenbaum
Part of the The Springer Behavior Therapy Series book series (PBTS)


Cognitive restructuring therapy and semantic therapy are generic terms that refer to a variety of therapeutic approaches whose major mode of action is modifying the patient’s thinking and the premises, assumptions, and attitudes underlying his cognitions. The focus of therapy is on the ideational content involved in the symptom, namely, the irrational inferences and premises. Thus, the semantic or cognitive therapist attempts to familiarize himself with his patient’s thought content, style of thinking, feelings, and behaviors, in order to understand their interrelationships.


Coping Skill Cognitive Therapy Irrational Belief Maladaptive Behavior Cognitive Restructuring 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald Meichenbaum
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  1. 1.University of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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