Conceptualization Treatment Plan

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CP: Conceptualization and Treatment Plan 2 Liberty University Abstract The purpose of this case study was to examine the presenting concerns of Sydney Jacobs and to develop and implement a treatment plan. A special session was held in order to conduct a formal comprehensive diagnostic evaluation with Sydney to understand her immediate concerns. Due to Sydney’s core self-concept and faulty informational process that resulted in emotional distress and a dysfunctional lifestyle, Cognitive Therapy was used in the proposed treatment plan. It was concluded that Sydney’s self-schema that led to feelings of inferiority were a direct result of how she came to conclusions about certain life events. This faulty reasoning caused emotional distress that led to discontentment and essentially paralyzed her from being able to meet the basic goals of survival, reproduction, and sociability. Therefore, part of the treatment plan was to teach Sydney a new way to process information; this would support Sydney in shifting from a maladaptive to an adaptive schema. Techniques that were used were: questioning, downward arrow, thought recording, behavioral experiments, activity scheduling, problem solving, and imagery. As a result of this treatment plan, Sydney would develop new ways to process various life events, draw conclusions, and problem-solve situations, thus creating a healthier lifestyle. The greatest identified challenge was the ability to evaluate Sydney’s dysfunctional beliefs, such as when the benefits and costs of maintaining a given belief were explored, and alternative responses were devised. Keywords: distorted, process, social, technique, cognitive, behavior, Beck, dysfunctional Presenting Concerns Sydney Jacobs entered counseling due to feelings of loneliness and hopelessness that drive her to utter depression and despair. Sydney says
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