Cognitive Behavioral Therapy may be explained using the ABC Model or a variation of the model where we include the letter “D” for Disputing.. This model teach us that our beliefs/thoughts leads to how we feel and what we do.
Activating Event – the actual event and the client’s immediate interpretations of the event
Beliefs about the event – this evaluation can be rational or irrational.
Consequences – how you feel and what you do or other thoughts
Disputing – alternative belief that would lead to healthier consequences.
Please look for our next post on how to do a Cognitive Journal using the ABC Model.