Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – The ABC Model

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.