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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Margarita's Case

I need help in applying one of these theories cognitive, CBT, and REBT—feminist, multicultural, family systems, or a postmodern approach) to describe, analyze, and then apply the theory to the case study of Margarita (attached). Topics that need help with include:

Theoretical Analysis
1.Brief description of the theory's origin (background, how was it developed, who created it).
2.The theory's basic philosophies (its view of human nature, theory of change, view of psychopathology, the role of the counselor).
3.How this theory aligns with your own philosophy, values, and views of the therapeutic process.
4.The evidence base supporting this theory.
5.The appropriateness of this theory for diverse populations.

Theoretical Application
1.Goals you will work on with Margarita (make sure the goals align with the chosen therapeutic approach).
2.Interventions and techniques you will use with Margarita, based on your theoretically established goals. Be very specific. Assume that you will have up to three sessions with her.
3.Cultural considerations you will keep in mind while using this therapeutic approach with Margarita.
4.Strengths and limitations of using this theory with Margarita.


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Dear Student,
Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular task, you are being asked to reflect on a theory as well as apply it to the particulars of a case. I suggest using this simple outline which follows your given guidelines (here, VBT has been chosen because of applicability to the case:

1. About CBT - 150 words
2. CBT principles - 100 words
3. Reflection on personal beliefs
4. Evidence - 100 words
5. Applicability to diverse populations - 100 words
6. About Margarita & the goals to work on with her - 150 words
7. Interventions & Techniques - 100 words
8. Cultural issues - 100 words
9. Strengths & limitations on case CBT application - 100 words

This outline should yield around 1,000 words which should cover what you need. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. All the best with your studies.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones

Applying Theories: Cognitive Behavioral Theory


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT is a form of 'talk' where subjects or patients can talk about themselves, their realities, their world and other people. In a session with their therapist, patients are able to talk about how things affect them and how what they do or have gone through affects/affected their thoughts, emotions, perspectives and the manner by which they behave. At the heart of the theory is this - talking allows for a reflection, realization, release and a way to make sense of one's reality so as to change the way one things (the cognitive element) and does (the behaviour element). As a 'Talk' therapy it is focused on the present, the here and now. While the causes matter, the main idea of CBT is to find ways to help the patient/subject cope, to improve their state of mind for the present. CBT has its roots in the work of Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck who both theorized that learning to identify and replace distorted thoughts and beliefs can change the associated behaviour recognized as problematic and even debilitating. Another influence is the work of Ivan Pavlov and BF Skinner on conditioning who theorized that behavior is learned. CBT is the inclusion of these theories into one so that problematic thought and behaviour is broken down to smaller parts and are dealt with and resolved to make manageable and resolved.


A client-centered approach, it is also a form of talk therapy but one that is much more intense in terms of intervention. Specific problems are being talked about for the purpose of cognitive and behavioral change. The thing about this approach is it has specific targets - dysfunctional emotions, psychological disorders. Thus, the therapist manages the session so that the client confronts them through talk, in a safe, non-judgemental and comfortable environment. Each talk has a goal - it is structured talk that is focused on the present. Among the disorders it treats are ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) in putting together an exploration of a cognitive theory (CBT, as applied here) as a theoretical concept and the application of such to a case (see attached). Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.