Therapeutic Relationship | Structuring of Cognitive Therapy Sessions | Psychoeducation
The therapeutic relationship
in CBT is characterized by a high degree of collaboration between
patient and therapist and an empirical tone to the work of therapy.
The therapist and patient work together as an investigative team.
They jointly develop hypotheses about the validity of automatic
thoughts and schemas or, alternatively, about the effectiveness
of patterns of behavior. A series of exercises or experiments is
then designed to test the validity of the hypotheses and, subsequently,
to modify cognitions or behavior. A. T. Beck et al. (1979) termed
this form of therapeutic relationship collaborative
empiricism. Methods for developing a collaborative
and empirical relationship are listed in Table 7–1.