First session of CBT

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Hibee
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   Posted 7/3/2009 9:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All

Had my first session of CBT today, Did not go as well as i wanted and left feeling that I had not given her the full story. I have an other session next week on Fri again so will need to speak up and talk over every thing which has been on my mind. She said that I will have for sessions and then there will be a review to see if I need more sessions is this the norm?

Ben

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   Posted 7/4/2009 7:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I would go ahead and be completely honest with your therapist.  Your sessions are private so no one will know what you are talking about.  I think in order for the CBT to work you need to open up about everything.  Good luck!

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   Posted 7/4/2009 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Nanners

Thanks for your post, Your right i do need to be honest and I will be next week. It did not help that I saw someone get sectioned and taken away by the police to hospital whilst I was waiting in the waiting room and also had two therapists in my session as one was a trainee my mind just went blank. thanks again

Ben

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   Posted 7/4/2009 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh I could see how that might have upset you. I think I too would get kind of off track too having the 2nd person in there. Hopefully things will go more smoothly next time.
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   Posted 7/4/2009 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Ben,

It does sound like a distracting set-up for your first time. I too hope that things go more smoothly next Friday for your second appointment.

I don't know whether the 4-week "trial period" is normal in the UK. In the States, the client and the therapist decide how things are going on an ad hoc basis just in terms of the health treatment. It may be that different health insurance providers put in different kinds of limitations; I don't know. My insurance covers, I think, 40 sessions per year, but I could continue to work with my therapist beyond that limit if I had another way to pay her.

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Hibee
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   Posted 7/4/2009 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Guys

Think I will bring my worries re first session up next week as I felt I did not give them a proper account of how i am feeling right now.

Take Care

Ben

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   Posted 7/5/2009 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   

Ben,

Is this a teaching facility where you go to receive your therapy?  If not, I would speak up and let them know that you are not comfortable with a student being in your therapy session with you and your therapist.

I do not know how your medical systme works in your country.  Do be honest and upfront about how you feel.

I wish you the best with your next session.

Kitt


 

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   Posted 7/5/2009 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Kitt

Thanks for your reply. I have had time to review my last session now and will bring up that I would like just one person in my sessions and will be more honest next week.

Ben

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   Posted 7/5/2009 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   

Good for you Ben,  I think that is very wise. 

Take care
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   Posted 7/6/2009 4:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ben!
I'm glad to hear you are going to advocate for yourself - I know it would make me very uncomfortable having a student in a session! I know they have to learn but this is about you getting well and learning CBT first and foremost! I hope your next session goes better!
~Dixi

Hibee
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   Posted 7/6/2009 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Guys

It has been playing on my mind so will need to get it sorted at the start of my next session, I think honesty is the best policy and I need to get over how I am feeling so my therapist can help me get the most out of my sessions. Thank you all for the reply's.

Ben

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   Posted 7/6/2009 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
((((((((((((Ben))))))))))))

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   Posted 7/6/2009 11:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, Ben! I'm glad you had your first session but I'm sorry it didn't go very well. You waited a long time for this, too.

Make a list of what you want to discuss with your therapist next time. Also, mention how you were disappointed last time. Maybe they'll put a stop to having others sit in on your session.

How's work going? Any better?
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   Posted 7/6/2009 11:50 AM (GMT -7)   
hi,
Definately get one on one, i had the same situation years ago and never went back. Also, it's worth writing down your points in your own time and words before you attend. That way you won't be leaving anything out.
Good luck and take care.
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   Posted 7/6/2009 1:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Aries

Thanks for your post. Things at work not going to well had a big argument with manager last week because they are making it difficult for me to attend my sessions.

Boo32

Thank you your right it would be a good idea to right every thing down, thanks for your support.


Ben

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   Posted 7/7/2009 5:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Is there anyway you can do your sessions after work? Or weekends? Your manager is being a weenie. Sometimes they don't understand. Maybe we should send anxiety thoughts his/her way so they'll experience what we do on a daily basis. We'll put a hex on the manager.

I hope things get better for you!
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