Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dr. Brettjet Cody

Second Advisor

Dr. Fadwa Al-Mughairbi

Third Advisor

Dr. Abdullah Hamid


This study examines whether an awareness of LI-CBT skills would result into the reduction of symptoms of depression in Arab clients. The study exclusively applies two techniques, behavioral activation (BA) and cognitive restructuring (CR), to clients of varying levels of depression residing in the United Arab Emirates. Utilizing a pre-test-post-test design, 50 participants (25treatment and 25control) were included in the analyses of the study and level of depression was measured using the PHQ-9. Results indicate that 76 percent of participants in the treatment group showed improvement in their level of depression, when compared to 30.4 percent of participants in the control group. Findings suggest that Li-CBT may be a plausible intervention for tackling depression among Arab clients.