Expanded Cognitive Behavioral Approaches


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on the client’s cognition (thoughts), assumptions, beliefs, and learned behaviors. Expanded models of CBT include Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Sensorimotor Therapy. The client is directed to be mindful of thoughts or bodily processing (Sensorimotor). The place of focus should be determined by the needs and receptivity of the client. Regardless of the “entry point” of attention, these models provide a more inclusive and less judgmental stance than earlier CBT theories and practices. The incorporation of Mindfulness and Somatic (body-oriented) approaches empowers CBT to be the complementary, necessary and equal partner to Transpersonal Work. The new developments in CBT allow the “grounded,” rational problem solving to occur without excluding the informing capacity of the intuitive nature or expanded realities of the human being.

Expanded Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Focuses on cognition and/or body.
  • Brings the client into awareness (mindfulness) of what is happening in the present moment.
  • Observes patterns of attachment.
  • Identifies reactive patterns of defense.
  • Allows non-judgmental reassessment of beliefs and behaviors that may not be serving the individual (or system) in the present.
  • Assists client in adapting, releasing or “reprogramming” thoughts and behaviors.
  • Suggests and practices alternative responses.
  • Provides a grounded approach to the energy of thought and principles of manifestation.
  • Acknowledges that change is a constant part of life and brings both pain and joy.

The Client Can

  • Develop self-regulatory skills
  • Interrupt spiraling emotive and physiological reactions to real or imagined stressors.
  • Develop the ability to respond rather than react in ways that no longer serve.
  • Experience a heightened sense of self control and empowerment in life.
  • Allow the mind and body to formulate a cohesive state; there by aiding physical wellness.
  • Increase ability to organize and motivate self.
  • Observe emotions rather than becoming overwhelmed or controlled by them.
  • Determine and exercise emotive release in a safe and productive manner.

Examples of Expanded Cognitive Behavioral Modalities

  • “Talk” Therapy where thoughts and reactions (physical and emotional) can be identified.
  • Body movement and reeducation.
  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness Questions
  • Solution Focused or Miracle Questions
  • Goal setting and task assignments
  • Work simultaneously and in collaboration with specific body oriented practices and practitioners (i.e.: Massage, Reiki, Energy work, Rolfing, Practice in Yoga, Tai Chi or Dance.)