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Old 10-20-2015, 02:37 PM
Location: Minneapolis
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What do you do during sessions?

I am getting help from one, but 90% of the time we are just reading from a guide that teaches different techniques on how to control anxiety. I do suffer from anxiety, but it's not the issue I am more concerned with. She asks me if there is anything I want to talk about, and if I have nothing then we will just read from the guide. The guide also comes with homework where I am suppose to track my anxiety.

I'm not good at talking about my feelings so it's hard from me to willingly think about issues I've had in the past and she doesn't ask me about my past. Pretty much things that are in the present even though my issues stem from my past.

Is this how therapy works?
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Old 10-20-2015, 06:06 PM
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There are different types of therapy. It sounds like your therapist is using "cognitive behaviour change" therapy techniques. The therapist is treating your anxiety by having you think about the immediate causes of your anxiety, the sorts of things that trigger it or aggravate it. Then by examining your thought process and how you react to anxiety, the therapist will help you learn techniques to control your reactions more consciously. I guess I'd describe it as learning to consciously control your reactions.

I tried that out, and it didn't work for me (brain chemistry was my underlying issue, I need specific medications). Cognitive behavioural therapy works quite effectively for many people, though, apparently.

There are some types of therapists who would have completely different techniques. It isn't necessarily about digging into your childhood, etc. Some might do that, some won't.
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