Finding the best therapist for you is crucial when looking to begin a course of psychotherapy. However, as many people who have experience looking for … Continued
Often, people wonder what the first session of psychotherapy is like. There are many questions that can arise when considering psychotherapy. Understanding the goals of a typical first session can give insight into what you may expect during an initial meeting with a therapist.
The first session of psychotherapy can set the tone for future sessions and is extremely important, as it sets the foundation for establishing a strong therapeutic relationship—a fundamental component of successful treatment. Being prepared for the first session allows for the session to run more smoothly and ensures that you can get the most out of your first meeting with your therapist.
Cognitive restructuring is a crucial component of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Cognitive restructuring refers to our ability to assess and challenge automatic negative thoughts that contribute to heightened distress. In part 3, we discuss challenging and reframing/replacing automatic negative thoughts.
The “ABC’s” of CBT refers to a framework for understanding how our thoughts and behaviors work together to influence our feelings. Developed by Albert Ellis, a psychologist whose work heavily influences modern CBT practice, the ABC’s are considered a fundamental component of CBT.
The mind-body connection is both how our mental states influence our bodies AND how our physical states influence our thoughts and feelings. For example, fear and anxiety can lead to increased muscle tension, heart rate, sweating, etc. And physical pain can lead to feelings of anxiety or depression, especially in the long-term.
Assessing our sources and symptoms of stress provides a useful framework for understanding our stressors and our abilities to cope. It may be daunting to try to “unpack” all of the ways in which we feel stressed. However, once we embark upon this task together, my clients often find that this process can provide some relief and improve confidence in their abilities to tackle their stress.
Telepsychology is the practice of psychological services through telehealth. Most psychotherapy and supportive counseling can be delivered through telephone or video conferencing.