The first session is also an opportunity for you to interview your therapist to see if he or she will be a good match for you.
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Make sure you understand:. It might take a few sessions for your therapist to fully understand your situation and concerns, and to determine the best course of action.
If you don't feel comfortable with the first therapist you see, try someone else. Having a good "fit" with your therapist can help you get the most benefit from CBT. Your therapist will encourage you to talk about your thoughts and feelings and what's troubling you. Don't worry if you find it hard to open up about your feelings. Your therapist can help you gain more confidence and comfort. CBT generally focuses on specific problems, using a goal-oriented approach. As you go through the therapy process, your therapist may ask you to do homework — activities, reading or practices that build on what you learn during your regular therapy sessions — and encourage you to apply what you're learning in your daily life.
Your therapist's approach will depend on your particular situation and preferences. Your therapist may combine CBT with another therapeutic approach — for example, interpersonal therapy, which focuses on your relationships with other people.
CBT is generally considered short-term therapy — ranging from about five to 20 sessions. You and your therapist can discuss how many sessions may be right for you. Factors to consider include:. Except in very specific circumstances, conversations with your therapist are confidential. However, a therapist may break confidentiality if there is an immediate threat to safety or when required by state or federal law to report concerns to authorities.
These situations include:. Cognitive behavioral therapy may not cure your condition or make an unpleasant situation go away. But it can give you the power to cope with your situation in a healthy way and to feel better about yourself and your life. CBT isn't effective for everyone. But you can take steps to get the most out of your therapy and help make it a success.
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Overview Cognitive behavioral therapy CBT is a common type of talk therapy psychotherapy. Request an Appointment at Mayo Clinic. Share on: Facebook Twitter. References What is cognitive behavioral therapy? American Psychological Association. Accessed Feb. National Alliance on Mental Illness.
What are your concerns? These should be practiced daily, using what was learned in-session as a model. Think again. It addresses all three of those components. One of the main focuses of cognitive behavioral therapy is on changing the automatic negative thoughts that can contribute to and exacerbate emotional difficulties, depression, and anxiety. It can also take the form of either individual or group sessions. Anxiety Management Training in a Group Format.
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How to choose a psychologist. Understanding psychotherapy and how it works.
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