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Re: It does help, but brings up another ?? gardenergirl

Posted by fallsfall on March 8, 2004, at 15:38:38

In reply to Re: It does help, but brings up another ?? Racer, posted by gardenergirl on March 8, 2004, at 10:18:52

I'm the one who switched from DBT/CBT to Psychodynamic therapy.

I was in CBT for a year before I went into one 6 month DBT skills training class. My CBT therapist went to the therapist's meetings during those 6 months, but she is not trained in DBT (she bought and read Linehan's books). I am atypically borderline, so during the class I was able to attend to most of the sessions and complete most of the homework. So, I would say that I was mostly out of the crisis phase during skills training.

I stayed with the same CBT therapist for an additional 7 years. I had neglect, but not trauma, in my childhood. So the work I have to do is more related to general views and feelings, rather than processing specific traumatic events. I became frustrated with CBT because it felt like we were skimming the surface - learning how to deal with symptoms and collecting more coping skills, but that those things only covered up the pain. I asked my therapist at least twice to help me go deeper. The first time she said that she really wasn't trained to do that, nor did she "believe" in it. The second time she did try - but it was very clear that she was completely uncomfortable with the whole thing. So I dropped it quickly.

I guess that my assessment of the 4 stages in DBT is that I couldn't get past stage 2. I was able to return to work for 2 years (after a 5 year disability), but I still considered myself to be depressed, and after the two years I crashed again and have been disabled for an additional 2 years.

I did agree with the diagnosis when I received it (8 years ago). Since then I have made some progress and there are times when I think that I don't quite meet the requirements any more (but there are also times when I do...).

 

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