Strategies for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- The Identification of Troubling Conditions – This step of the CBT involved focused and structured talks that sought to troubling conditions in the life of the client (Mayo Clinic, 2017). Based on a series of one-to-one talks, it was clear the patient was suffering from a unique form of post-traumatic stress disorder. The troubling conditions were recurring thoughts of events, difficulties in sleeping and concentrating, and definitely an outburst of emotions.
- Being aware of the emotions, thoughts, and believes about the above conditions – The second step in the CBT is the identification of specific beliefs and thoughts about a particularly troubling condition (Mayo Clinic, 2017). The client would identify the specific emotions she experiences as a consequence of larger events [in this case the peace-keeping mission]. This strategy will include;  observing what the client tells her self about the experience otherwise referred to as self-talk,  the client’s interpretation about the meaning of a tragic event or situations, and  the client’s beliefs about themselves and others.
- Identification of Inaccurate and Negative Thinking – This strategy of the CBT will involve a keen scrutiny of the client’s life to help identify patterns of behavior and thinking. In this realization, as the therapist, it was advisable to ask the client to pay attention to her behavioral, physical, and emotional responses in varying situations.
- Reshaping Inaccurate and Negative Thinking – The goal of this particular session was to ask the client to take a deep scrutiny of their thoughts and determine whether they are based on realistic or inaccurate perceptions (Mayo Clinic, 2017). Further, it was important to establish long-thinking ways of the client’s life in efforts to differentiate between inaccurate and negative thinking. This meant the client had to properly scrutinize her thoughts on a regular basis to ensure they fully differentiated and identified negative and the inaccurate thoughts.