In a CBT session the focus is on a target area. How a patient thinks, feels, and reacts to a situation or thought is causing problems in their life. There may be multiple target areas, but usually only one is addressed in each session. The first step in CBT is to address core beliefs about… Read More Therapy Tuesday: CBT – Core Beliefs
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of therapy that first formed in the 1960’s. Aaron T. Beck noticed that his patients seemed to have ongoing internal conversations with themselves, their thoughts were not controlled, and often had a strong impact on the patient. His goal was to empower patients to reframe their thoughts and responses,… Read More Therapy Tuesday: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Over on Twitter I ran into Kasey, who is training to become an EMDR therapist. I thought it’d be a great wrap-up to hear from someone on the other side of the therapy session. (Even in training, there’s a ton of insight and such). She was nice enough to agree, so please, do give her… Read More Therapy Tuesday: EMDR Guest Blog: Kasey Klein
When you listen to a song, you don’t listen to a single note. You may be able to separate the sounds of a particular instrument, but even then, you listen to the score played by that device. Instead of separating each note into a separate memory, our minds link the items into a sequence and we hear a song.… Read More Therapy Tuesday: Gestalt Therapy – Part 4 – Continuity
Since it has been a while, here are the previous posts about Gestalt Therapy. Therapy Tuesday: Gestalt Therapy – Part 1 Therapy Tuesday: Gestalt Therapy – Part 2 – Proximity Similarity is the second principle of perception you’ll find yourself using if you work with a Gestalt therapist. When I last posted about Gestalt Therapy,… Read More Therapy Tuesday: Gestalt Therapy – Part 3 – Similarity
Gestalt therapy rests on five principles based on how people perceive the world around them. The idea is that the mind recognizes patterns, and these patterns fall into groups, or principles. The five patterns are: proximity, similarity, continuity, closure, and connectedness.
Gestalt therapy originated with Frederick and Laura Perls in the 1940’s. This particular discipline doesn’t involve attempting to interpret the past, but instead it focuses on present events. This was the first form of therapy I experienced. I think it set me up to delve into DBT therapy later because of how it approaches the… Read More Therapy Tuesday: Gestalt Therapy – Part 1
We’ve reached the end of the series on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). I know it took a while to get here, but as was shown, it’s a complex, multifaceted therapy. The entire course takes a full six months of weekly group sessions in addition to some pretty intense individual sessions. It’s a commitment of time,… Read More Therapy Tuesday: DBT Wrap-Up
I still like the way emotional regulation was described to me when I was working with my DBT group. The therapist leading the group said something along the lines of this: Most of us have cooked something in our lives. Maybe a simple meal, maybe something fancy. Imagine if you had to cook without any… Read More Therapy Tuesday: DBT – Part 4D – Emotional Regulation
Distress tolerance is the third module in DBT therapy. This section is exactly what it sounds like; how to handle those overwhelming moments.