Behavioural activation: an alternative to cognitive behaviour therapy
Jessica Price Psychological therapist, Solent NHS Trust, Talking Change Psychological Services, Portsmouth
Jessica Price explains how a client with low mood and relationship difficulties was helped to set goals, increase her motivation for change and re-engage in life
This case study describes how behavioural activation was used to treat a client with depression who had undergone previous psychological treatments including cognitive behaviour therapy. After assessment and formulation of problems and goals, a treatment plan was structured to increase contact with positive activities and previously avoided situations, people and pursuits. Collaborative recovery-orientated work on this plan resulted in improvements confirmed by self-rating scores and subjective reports. Thus, the behavioural activation sessions provided an effective alternative evidence-based treatment of the depression.
Mental Health Practice. 17, 2, 27-33. doi: 10.7748/mhp2013.10.17.2.27.e853Correspondence
Received: 11 July 2012
Accepted: 01 March 2013