The Third Wave of Cognitive Behavior Therapy consists of a group of treatments that include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Schema Therapy, and several more. While these therapies have typically been developed for specific client populations, most therapists combine techniques from several different therapy protocols for their clients.
Our team of writers at BetweenSessions.com draws on the psychological mechanisms used in these therapies, including: mindfulness, emotional regulation, developing values and goals, behavioral desensitization, meta-cognition, and more.
How well are these techniques received by clients? A review of these Third Wave therapies by Medscape.com suggests that they may be particularly appropriate for “difficult” client groups and tend to have lower attrition rates than traditional psychotherapy. The review notes: “Optimistically stated, it can be said that the third wave has opened up psychotherapy as a possibility for groups that before had little access to psychotherapy.”
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