As Codrina’s counselor, you will create an effective treatment plan that is based on Beck's theory on cognitive therapy. What cognitive distortions can you infer that Codrina has because of her past?
Codrina is a 40-year-old, divorced, white female seeking counseling at a university counseling center. She is seeking counseling because she has been unable to sleep well and has lost her appetite after her roommate ran off with her husband. Codrina was raised in a state orphanage in Russia and her childhood years were of isolation, hunger and scarcity. She describes spending many days just staring at the wall and rocking back and forth. Once she left the orphanage at 16 years, she worked in Moscow for a few years until she met her American girlfriend. She lived with her for a couple of years in Moscow and then moved to the U.S. Codrina met a young man and their relationship moved quickly to where they married within months of their first meeting. Meanwhile her girlfriend had become unusually cold toward her and started to verbally abuse her during their visits. One day, Codrina discovered that her girlfriend was having sex with her husband. She filed for and was granted a divorce. In session, Codrina claimed that this breakup was her partner's loss and that anyone would be lucky to have her. However, even six months after the divorce, she is unable to sleep at night (she had trouble sleeping as a child as well.) She wants help for insomnia from her therapist. Codrina also complains about a new male friend who she hangs out with, who, she reports is starting to be rude and insensitive to her. She was thinking of starting a business with this friend, but now does not trust him to be fair to her in his business dealings. She wants to...
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...o think back to where they were and what they were doing when the incident or argument occurred. This exercise can foster greater access to the emotions they were experiencing at the time” (Beck, 1963).
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