Introduction to Cognitive therapy

In previous article i.e., my story of depression, discussed about the signs and symptoms and how its feel like to be depressed. In this article I will discuss key points of cognitive therapy and its component’s part wise.

Part – 1:

What is Cognitive therapy?

What is the philosophy of cognitive therapy?
Cognitive therapy’s philosophical origins can be traced back to

Cognitive model of depression
The cognitive model of depression postulates three specific concepts as follows:

  1. The Cognitive triad: Cognitive triad involves three major patterns:
    • Negative view of self:
    • Interpterion of ongoing experiences in a negative way
    • Negative view of future
  2. Assumptions/schemas: In cognitive therapy this concept is used t o explain why depressed client maintains their pain inducing and self-defeating attitudes without any objective evidence of positive factors in life.
  3. Cognitive Errors: Despite the concrete contradictory evidence a depressed person maintain the client’s belief in the validity of their negative concepts.

In next part (2) we will see about prerequisites, limitations, common pitfalls and how to maximise the impact of CBT.

Vamsy Krishna
Psychologist