Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety
Jan 18, 2018
Cognitive behavioral therapy is anxiety provoking in and of itself. Being in a room alone with a stranger laying out your fears and struggles is very intimidating. These are some basic things that may make potential patients more comfortable:
- You do not have to know exactly why you are there. Even if you know the specific thing that causes your anxiety you may not get to the root of that for several sessions.
- If you do not hit it off with the first therapist you see you are not committed to them for life. A mental health professional will understand a patient's desire to seek someone they feel more comfortable with.
- Trust is key in any kind of therapy. If you do not understand your therapist's methods then there will always be a small part of you that is not committed to treatment. Do not be afraid to ask questions.
- There are no hard and fast rules as to how long therapy can take. If your treatment plan outlines twelve sessions and you feel that there are things left unfinished you can keep going back. Transversely if you feel that you have worked things through in eight sessions there is no obligation to keep going. You can always revisit if the issue presents itself down the road.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy is about thinking. More specifically it is about your thinking. During sessions, negative or inaccurate ideas become reformed to reflect a more positive and accurate vision of yourself. If not immediately obvious these thoughts get traced back to their origins.
Going to your first appointment is always the hardest. Knowing what to expect can make it easier. To see what services we provide at Jodi Mitchell visit our website. Do you feel like you are ready to take the next step? Contact us.