Any tried cognitive behavioral therapy??

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Hi, has anyone tried this. I am going to ask the doctor if i can start it. I would like to hear some peoples experiences about the therapy and what you had to do and how it helped or didn't help you. Thanks smile

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    Another tip... I didn't do so well in my cbt and still really struggling now. I put that down to not clicking with my therapist. I felt a bit uncomfortable. Make sure u have a therapist u click with to get the most out your sessions. If you don't click at first ask to change or youll have to wait again. Xx
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      Tbh I can talk to any 1 lol I got everything of my chest from the very first person you see before starting cbt after waiting that 5 week and you start going to see the therapist do you go every week ? 
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      You see, i can talk to anyone too, but its very different when it comes to therapy. My problem was the way she explained and asked things. I wouldnt know how to answer her which made her feel i wasnt responding to the treatment how i should have been. You need to be totally 100% committed and engage in all the homework set. CBt DOES work though and it is the most effective treatment for anxiety and changing the way you think. That along with medication is the best combination. CBT worked for me, but like i say I still struggle which i think is due to not getting the most from my sessions because of the therapist. I went every week for 9 weeks. The usual amount of sessions is between 8 and 12 depending on how well its working for the individual. Good luck, and once youve all been once, youll know there isnt anything to worry about. in the waiting room just imagibe your sat at home on your sofa. before you know it your therapist will have called you in. Or even leave it till the last minute before going in and you will hopefully not have to wait long smile 

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    I am a CBT therapist and have worked in the field of mental health for over 20 years. i have worked with many people with anxiety and depression. To me it is the best therapy approach because i have seen so many people get so much out of it. It really is not as scarey as you might think, but, you are absolutely right the therapist has to be someone you feel comfortable with. If you are worried about your first session write your thoughts down before you go and you can ask your questions when you get there.

    It is what we call a collaborative approach, that means we work together, so the more you put in the more you will get out of it. The between sessions "homework' is the key. Liken it to driving lessons, if you dont practice between the lessons you will forget half of what you learnt! Good luck, as you tame the anxiety monster see your world open up.

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      Hi Pollypoppy. Could i ask you something?!... As you probably read above, i didnt quite click with my therapist. I felt slightly uncomfortable with her and i can normally speak to anybody without thinking twice. Would there be a way i could seek more CBTwith a different therapist even though my sessions ended in Feb this year? I really didnt gain enough from the sessions as i could have. And my therapist didnt think i was progressing enough to carry on sad ... I have written a blog about my issues 'Obsessive Compulsive Questionning', would you mind aving a read to advise if its CBT you think i still need?

      Thanks smile xxx

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      I have read the blog. What you describe is very common it is the nature of the negative thinking that varies with the individual. More CBT may help, you may be able to find a different therapist that you are more comfortable working with. I would suggest you review the work you have done so far and ask yourself if you are using the strategies you have been taught? Ask for a refresher course of maybe 4 to 6 sessions, but go with an open mind. Change is a challenge, it can be scarey, don't go looking for reasons to keep doing the old behaviours, they're aren't working for you.
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    Below is the book CBT therapists give patients to read. It covers everything. its great!!.. 

    Overcoming Low Self-esteem: Self-help Guide Using..., Fennell, Melanie

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    Aiden, I wonder how your CBT is going, if you've tried it? FWIW, I have found CBT to be very helpful. I am almost entirely self taught, using Dr. David Burns' Book "The Feeling Good Handbook" as my guide.  

    For me, the CBT techniques expoused by Dr. Burns are very helpful in-the-moment.  The difficulty is that thay are typically practiced with a pen and paper, which is slow and intrusive and not in-the-moment.  Therefore, I use an app called iCBT (and iCBT for iPad) which is quick, easy and private and follows CBT protocols well.

     

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    I have had 15 weeks worth of cbt, initially very sceptical and think the therapist knew that, but at the end I had a positive experience from and actually helped, you just have to entirely honest with the therapist and just know it going to be hard work, but worth it

    hope you are get the results you want from it, best of luck

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    Yeah, It was really helpful for me. At the beginning stage, we will feel some difficulty in accepting other's opinions and concepts, but if you have a good counsellor, then everything will be easy. They know how to handle us. No worries, you will be alright. I too had Cognitive behavioral therapy with the help of Dr. Eliana cohen, an expert psychiatrist in Toronto. I had attended almost all the sessions and I started applying all the tips got from the session. It was really applying. All the best.

     

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    Hi,

    I am currently going through CBT and I would definitely recommend it. As scary as it seems, it is really helpful. The key is exposure. Exposing yourself to uncomfortable situations gradually, and after lengthy discussion. Once you've discussed things and you understand why a situation makes you feel so anxious, it is easier to put yourself into it with the comfort of a good therapist and safe environment. Gradually, you'll become more comfortable and the feeling is liberating. CBT is definitely worth it.

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    Saw my phsycatrist, gave me medication and had a prettu bad experience first time and right now I'm going though hell with fear and dizziness
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