Cross Sectional Formulation
The cross-sectional CBT formulation is sometimes called the 'hot cross bun' formulation. It is used to take a 'snapshot' of all the key aspects of the CBT model during a single event – like taking a cross-section of that event. Using a model like this can be simple and helpful way of introducing the cognitive behavioral model to clients. It can help clients to understand and explore how thoughts, feelings, body sensations, and behaviors interact with one another. You can give it to clients as a prompt sheet to collect details of situations that occur in their lives. It can even be used to start to explore maintenance cycles – for example how certain types of thoughts might lead to body sensations which in turn lead to more thoughts.