Cognitive Behavior Theory Application

A Case Study: Cognitive Behavioral Theory Application
1. What concepts of the theory make it the most appropriate for the client in the case study?
2. Why did you choose this theory over the others?
3. What will be the goals of counseling and what intervention strategies are used to accomplish those goals?
4. Is the theory designed for short- or long-term counseling?
5. What will be the counselor’s role with this client?
6. What is the client?s role in counseling?
7. For what population(s) is this theory most appropriate? How does this theory address the social and cultural needs of the client?
8. What additional information might be helpful to know about this case?
9. What may be a risk in using this approach?

Cognitive Behavioral Theory

Why Cognitive Behavioral is preferred to Other Models

Counseling Goals and Intervention Strategies

The life span of CBT

The counselor?s and the Client Role in Counseling

What Populations is this Theory the Most Appropriate and how does the Social and

Cultural Needs are met?

Additional Information Significate in Ana?s Case
Significate Factors and Risk to Theory


Case Study Analysis
Client Name:
Gender: F
Presenting Problem
Client states, ?I recently lost my job and feel hopeless. I can?t sleep and don?t feel like eating.? Client also reports she has lost 10 pounds during the last two months. Client states that she is a solo parent and is worried about becoming homeless. Client states, ?I worry all the time. I can?t get my brain to shut off. My husband is in the military and currently serving in an overseas combat zone for the next eight months. I worry about him all the time.?
Behavioral Observations
Client arrived 30 minutes early for her appointment. Client stated that she had never been in counseling before. Client depressed and anxious, as evidenced by shaking hands and tearfulness as she filled out her intake paperwork. Ana made little eye contact as she described what brought her into treatment. Client speech was halting. Client affect flat. Client appeared willing to commit to eight sessions of treatment authorized by her insurance company.
General Background
Client is a 24-year-old first-generation immigrant from Guatemala. Ana was furloughed from her job as a loan officer at local bank three months ago. Client reported that she was from a wealthy family in Guatemala, but does not want to ask for help. Client speaks fluent Spanish.
Client has completed one year of college with a major in business. Client states that she left college after her son was born as she found it difficult to manage a baby, college, and a full-time job.
Family Background
Client is the middle of four siblings. Client has two older brothers and one younger sister. Client?s parents have been married for 27 years. Client states that she has had a ?close? relationship with her family, although she states that her father is a ?heavy drinker.? Client states that all her brothers and sisters have graduated from college and have professional careers. Client states that her father is a banker and her mother is an educator. Client states that she has not seen her family for 1 year. Client has a 1-year-old son and states that she is sometimes ?overwhelmed? by raising him alone.
Major Stressors
? Lack of family and supportive friends
? Financial problems due to job loss
? Husband deployed overseas
? Raising a baby by herself

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