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CBT - Using it and putting it into action...

Posted by jay on March 12, 2003, at 20:21:50

I have found one of the reasons many of us have a tough time with CBT is often our lack of chance to practise it, even with the 'homework' assignments. That is, practise what we have learned. Dinah mentioned difficulty in translating CBT to more self-actualised goals and progress.(Not really being able to internalize and process what has happened.) I think there is another type of therapy can compliment CBT and may be better for developing just that, creating more inner-awareness, but I'll save that for a separate topic.

Depending on your goals, finding a friend, relative, someone you can practise some of your skills with can increase your confidence in achieving your goals. The whole idea here, and this can be a bit self-defeating if you don't pace yourself comfortably, is self-management. There are some CBT counsellors who may even likely teach you how to administer certain aspects of CBT so you can use them down the road. In many ways, a CBT counsellor takes on more of a "mentoring" role, rather than an expert role.

Is anyone in CBT right now who may want to share in respect to goals? Or, does anybody want to just throw out an example of a goal, real or fictional?
(I would, but I'd like to work with others on this. I myself am in the process of starting CBT, and am fishing out some basic goals to start with.)





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