What do you guys talk about in therapy?

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   Posted 9/19/2017 10:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Obviously I'm not asking for you guys to tell me your deepest secrets, but I'm wondering how do you guys talk to your therapist in a way that truly helps your anxiety? When I talk to my therapist, I tend to make things seem better than they actually are (I know is bad) and I don't really talk about the things that actually make me anxious (my health, losing control, etc) I tend to focus on things like school, work, relationships even though those aren't the things that make me anxious. And I find that my therapist always recommends the normal things like meditation, and breathing exercises and things like that to help. But I really want to just change my thought processes.
Any and all advice will be helpful, I guess what I'm asking is what things do youu guys personally try to cover in therapy that has significantly helped your anxiety

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   Posted 9/19/2017 10:36 PM (GMT -7)   

Difficult as it was...I tried to be completley honest with both of my therapists.

I would just take a deep breath, and dive in...knowing that nothing I could say would shock them.

If I really couldn't bring myself to vocalize something...I would write those thoughts/feelings down in my worksheets/homework...and let my therapist decipher it himself, lol!

I think you need to ascertain whether this is simply a tendency you have...keeping your most personal things to yourself...

...or, if it has something to do with your therapist (not fostering a comforting environment?)...in which case, you would do well to shop around for another professional to work with.

I hope that you can work through this in whatever way you see best...and start to get the most our of your therapy!!


"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
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   Posted 9/20/2017 12:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi MA,
I have been to therapist only for few weeks and stopped going.
As could not afford,but its kinda talk and you basically listen to yourself.
Here writing pros :
You talk about stuff so letting it out .
You have someone listening so it's more of companionship as many ppl live alone.
Hoarding feelings makes us sick mentally and physically.
Therapist seems not engaging,it's boring.
You cannot commit as financial hardships.
Therapist have no insight to offer.

Here are things what I thought .
You may add how you feel.
Pls talk about your anxiety issues to them too,that's what they are for.
Rest you decide.
Let us know how it goes.

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   Posted 9/20/2017 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I am going to basically a talk therapist. In about 10 sessions, all the "good information" could have been summed up in 10 minutes. Unfortunately, the good CBT in my area is 115 per session and does not take insurance.

Don't hold back though. You are only hurting yourself. They get paid good money to listen/help you.

The one piece of advice my counselor did give me, start off assertive tell them exactly what you want/need to tell them. You can always back down from there.

Anxious Scientist
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   Posted 9/21/2017 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Honesty is the best policy. Don't ever try to make yourself out to be better than you are. How else can they truly help you if you're just smiling away and playing things off?

Always just be upfront and honest. They are there to talk to you, about everything. I spoke with my therapist about everything, good and bad.
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