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Re: Another Question dragonfly25

Posted by gardenergirl on February 5, 2004, at 8:21:31

In reply to Re: Another Question, posted by dragonfly25 on February 5, 2004, at 6:31:09

> Sorry to barge in like this but I really don't understand all the different types of therapy and how they are different.

You're not barging in. All are welcome! Sorry if our discussion was confusing. Let me see if I can help.

> Can someone please explain why CBT is invalidating

See this post. It should help.

>and how CBT would handle a trauma issue, how can CBT brush certain 'living' past issues aside if they are currently a problem? I am trying to deal with something and I am so confused as to who to go to for help.

I'm sorry you are struggling right now. CBT likely would work with a trauma issue by teaching you relaxation skills and then working with you to understand what was going on in your current life that may be affected by the trauma. That's what the poster meant by brushing aside the past. More than likely, the T would help you to identify irrational or maladaptive thoughts. These may or may not be associated with the trauma. For example, a person may believe that they are not worthy of love. This belief can affect a number of behaviors and feelings. CBT would help you to link your current behaviors with this belief, but would not necessarily spend much if any time processing the trauma.

> I thought that therapy was talking to a doctor about what was bothering you, and obviously you go deeper into past stuff sometimes...I feel like i have never had therapy before, i feel therapy ignorant.

I hope you are using ignorant as just not knowing yet versus criticizing yourself because you don't know. There's so many types of therapy, it is understandable that clients would not be familiar with many of them. It depends on the kind of counselor, therapist, or doctor you see, and also on their way of doing things. What has been your therapy experience? You can ask the person directly what their orientation is or what kind of therapy they practice. They should be able to give you an answer. Some may say "eclectic" which means they use a variety of models depending on the client and the issues.

> how can the treatment of abuse issues be treated differently? it sounds like they are but i don't see how it is possible to be soooo different that they need different names.

There really are a number of different types of treatment. Even within the main categories: CBT, psychodynamic, client-centered, etc. there are many, many subcategories, although I think when looking for a therapist, it is usually most helpful to look at the broad categories.

>I have experienced the psychodynamic/analitic type of therapy and found it was not useful at all(for me)

This may mean that this type is not helpful for your needs or that the therapist was not a good match for you. What was your experience like?

> I hope I haven't lost anyone, I have sort of confused myself now. I guess what I am asking is, is CBT a form of repression and psychoanalysis not?

CBT is not a form of repression. It just has a different focus than psychodynamic, which focuses on past history issues.

You might also look at these threads from the archives, where people discuss different orientations.

Feel free to post more questions. Answering you helps me to clarify it for myself, as well.





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