Cognitive–Behavioral Therapy With Donald Meichenbaum is a demonstration of arguably the most frequently used therapeutic approach by one of its cofounders. Dr. Donald Meichenbaum uses cognitive–behavioral therapy with a constructive-narrative perspective in which he looks at the stories clients tell about themselves and considers ways that the client could develop a different, more positive story.
In this session, Dr. Meichenbaum works with a young woman who is depressed and anxious and has suicidal tendencies. She has undergone multiples traumas in her life, including rape and several suicides in her immediate family. Dr. Meichenbaum accentuates the client's strengths, skills, and support system. Then he gently confronts the client by helping her to see that, although one of her strengths is her willingness to forgive others, she has not been able to forgive herself for things she has done.