Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I have my first session tomorrow and I have no idea what is going to happen.
Has anyone had this? What do you do in it? Did it work and is it still working? What am I going to be doing?
I'm not much of a talker and the initial assessment interview took ages because I didn't speak much. My options were counselling or CBT and because of me not liking to talk, the lady said I would be better off with CBT but didn't have the time to explain what it was or anything. I don't really want to go completely unprepared, especially since it's taken me years to get this far and I don't want to get there, turn around and leave. I need this help :(
I've had CBT for many years.
First appt they'll just get some background info and find out why you're there. Pretty basic first appt.
And yes, It does work as long as you put the effort in. It comes with a lot of work because you'll be asked to do exercises outside of therapy. Sometimes anxiety will get worse before it gets better since cbt forces you do be exposed to things that might agitate your anxiety.
CBT has worked for me many times in the past and actually have an appt today. Good luck on your journey!
Thank you, I'm hoping it will work well for me.
My initial assessment was with the lady that does the CBT so I think we'll be diving straight in since she knows what she needs to already. I have weekly appointments for 5 weeks, since you've been doing it for years, it makes me think that 5 weeks may not be long enough?
Quoting Alice.:" Thank you, I'm hoping it will work well for me. My initial assessment was with the lady that does the ... [snip!] ... weekly appointments for 5 weeks, since you've been doing it for years, it makes me think that 5 weeks may not be long enough?"
5 weeks is not enough unless your anxiety is caused by something changing in your life that you're trying to get over. If you have anxiety that you've had all your life, then you need more time. I have OCD and general anxiety and i've had it most my life. CBT helps me manage it and have coping skills when something triggers it.