Posted by gardenergirl on June 27, 2005, at 20:02:04
In reply to Re: GG, how exactly did you ask for twice a week? » gardenergirl, posted by Jazzed on June 27, 2005, at 19:30:36
> Now that my T told me tonight that he's CBT, and that I "should" feel better after 12 sessions, but it might take as long as a year to ?(I don't know if he said finish), I feel at a complete loss. I shut down completely and didn't really want to talk about anything because I'm afraid I won't get anywhere, and I'll just be spinning my wheels. I know this is really negative thinking, but I can't seem to help it.
Oh dear. I'm sorry his comment affected you so intensely. Did he realize? If it helps, 12 is the average number of CBT sessions, but most of the time that is for one specific problem. Those who have multiple or more complex issues usually take much longer. Not all T's carry clients long term, though. I hope you feel comfortable talking about your reaction and asking for clarification. If your T does work with longer term clients, then I suspect that even if you go to the one year point, you would not have to terminate if you are still making progress.
It's hard to estimate treatment duration early in treatment. That may be why your T gave that number, as research supports it---again for single issues or diagnoses, usually. Often a client has not disclosed all the issues at first, and therapy can keep going on as long as there is still stuff.
Although in my case, I went in telling my T that I would likely be long term. LOL. I just knew I had decades of stuff I hadn't dealt with. And we have gone over two years now and still going strong, at least until I graduate. (sigh)
Take extra care of yourself for a few days. CBT is a good therapy modality for a number of issues, and also for more complex cases. You just work through stuff bit by bit.
I hope your T is more reassuring next time you meet. Please do talk about this.
> I have several issues from the past that I really need to deal with. Rape, bad therapy, two car wrecks that still bother me - not PTSD, but I don't think I ever really dealt with them. Too much stuff to just "fix" in a year or less. i"ve been through therapy b4, I know I can't do this in a year, and it scares me that I'll be left out in the cold.
> I'm not sure CBT is right for this, is it? What if it comes to a year, and I'm still stuck? Then do I have to start all over again with someone else? I guess I'm just afraid of not fitting into this CBT mold. I feel depressed and sick.
> Sorry to dump on you. I've felt depressed all day for no reason that I can think of.