Posted by SLS on June 23, 2009, at 4:57:40
In reply to Re: More than just one therapy....... » fleeting flutterby, posted by Dinah on June 22, 2009, at 19:03:41
> I was asking my therapist this last session. I had always thought of him as a CBT therapist with the wisdom to wrap it in a nice relationship based therapy for my benefit. Although there is also strong dose of eastern philosophy.
> But he says that his first job was with a very psychodynamic therapist, his second with a family systems therapist, and then CBT and I believe addictions. So he calls himself the ubiquitous "eclectic".
> He never uses the CBT standard terminology with me... anymore. He says it's more important that the message be heard than it is to say the message in a certain way. Which is his nice way of saying I was way too hardheaded for straight CBT. The emphasis is on current functioning, but inevitably history played a role in molding my current responses, and deserves a role in fine tuning them.
He sounds excellent.
For me, I find IPT works for me and is my best use of a psychotherapist's time. However, it is CBT that I take with me and use all day long. I had already learned CBT on my own and later in a group environment. If you haven't learned it by the time you reach a psychotherapist, I think it is preferable to have a therapist who can teach it, as it often jump-starts the therapeutic process.
I saw a group CBT setting work wonders for a woman with BPD who had no other psychotherapeutic modality as a treatment. Zyprexa and Trileptal were very helpful pharmacological tools for her, but only allowed her to do the psychological work necessary to grow out of her BPD issues.