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CBASP (Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy)

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CBASP (Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy)

 is a structured and evidence-based psychotherapeutic approach primarily used for the treatment of chronic depression. Developed by James P. McCullough Jr., CBASP combines elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with an interpersonal focus, making it a unique and effective therapeutic model.

CBASP aims to address the core beliefs and patterns of behavior that contribute to chronic depression. It operates on the premise that certain individuals with chronic depression have an enduring pattern of negative interpersonal interactions called “interpersonal deficits.” These deficits often lead to frustration, anger, and disappointment in relationships, reinforcing the individual’s depressive symptoms.

The therapeutic process in CBASP involves a close examination of the individual’s interpersonal interactions and their impact on mood and behavior. The therapist helps the client identify problematic patterns, assumptions, and expectations that contribute to interpersonal difficulties. By doing so, the client gains insight into their interpersonal deficits and the ways in which they maintain their depressive symptoms.

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