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Re: the frustration continues fallsfall

Posted by crushedout on June 3, 2004, at 21:23:40

In reply to Re: the frustration continues crushedout, posted by fallsfall on June 2, 2004, at 8:52:31

Hey falls,

Just some follow-up questions, mostly out of curiosity.

> My therapist was CBT.

This was your last therapist? The one you saw for like 9 years, right?

>We started with 6 or 8 people, but all but N. and I dropped out.

Who's N.? I feel like I'm supposed to know this, but I don't.

> I looked up my diary cards. I remember them as being helpful in giving me a place to record what happened and how I was feeling. The cards I filled out were NOT like Linehan's. Mine looked like this:

How did you come up with these diary cards? Why didn't you use Linehan's? Do you remember?

> I will email you (or others) a week's chart filled out if you want.

I would love to see one if it's not too much trouble.

> I'm glad that your therapist is being flexible. That is important. Has she done DBT with other patients in the past?

I'm pretty sure she hasn't but I don't actually know. It's a good question and I want to remember to ask her this soon.

> Don't get "stuck" on a skill that you don't get. Give it a reasonable amount of time and effort, and then go on.

Very good advice. At my T's suggestion, I crossed out the skills I don't "get" with magic marker (the ones that make my blood pressure rise) and on my own initiative, I added in a few that are relatively easy and/or stuff I know I usually do anyway. It helps to make me feel like less of a failure. For example, I added a new skill this week: "Breathe." That's pretty concrete, I can do it regardless of the circumstances, and it's not that hard, yet it's very helpful and I often forget to do it.




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