How would cognitive therapists approach the treatment of depression? Cognitive therapists approach the treatment of depression by removing the negative thinking while encouraging and supporting the positive thinking in a person diagnosed with depression.

Cognitive Therapist vs. Humanistic Therapist in the Management of Depression
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How would cognitive therapists approach the treatment of depression?
Cognitive therapists approach the treatment of depression by removing the negative thinking while encouraging and supporting the positive thinking in a person diagnosed with depression. The cognitive therapist main agenda is to adjust the mind of the patient from their inertia to positive thinking (Rupke, and Blecke, 2010). The first approach is the patient acceptance and recognition that indeed negative thoughts which are unrealistic are the one causing the problem. Varied causes can be identified ranging from past experience, biological or hereditary. The second approach is that there is a need for the patient to appreciate that indeed negative thoughts do exist and should be and there is a need for rediscovering that there are also other alternative thoughts that are pleasurable. The third step is that the patient modifies the distorted information by reframing the beliefs about self and the world in which a patient lives. These modifications help the patient to recover from depression. Another approach is that of cognitive therapists organizing activities to be done by a patient which are pleasurable and then scoring them daily to find out whether progress is being made.
How might they criticize humanistic therapies?
Humanistic theories have been criticized for being too vague and having approaches that are subjective rather than objective. For example, the treatment approach is geared towards achieving self-actualization (Depression Guide, 2014). The problem is that self-actualization is too subjective hence it is not measurable. Cognitive therapists also criticize the humanistic approach to depression as a way of promoting narcissism.

References
Rupke, J. and Blecke, D. (2010) Cognitive Therapy for Depression. Journal of American Family Physician, vol. 73 no. 1, pp. 83-86.
Depression Guide (2014). Theory in Humanistic Psychology. Depression Guide. Retrieved from http://www.depression-guide.com/humanistic-psychology-therapy.htm