Therapy: The Good, The Bad and The Really, Really Bad — The Moody Mom

First, let’s define psychotherapy (aka therapy). Then I will share some therapy horror stories. Therapy involves evaluating your thoughts and behaviors, identifying stresses that contribute to your condition, and working to modify both.

via Therapy: The Good, The Bad and The Really, Really Bad — The Moody Mom.

Thankfully, none of my therapy experiences have been as bad as a few of the examples she gave. A few came close. I find CBT works best for me out of the options she talked about.

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5 Responses to Therapy: The Good, The Bad and The Really, Really Bad — The Moody Mom

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  3. I’ve had 2 therapists try to convince me to do CBT. I know it’s very effective. I bought the workbook and thumbed thru it. But I got a little scared by what the workbook indicated….it seemed like lots of time, work, and hard work. And I’d still do it except most of the work you do at home. I know myself so well that I know I’d just end up blowing it off. And that’s why I’ve never done CBT….

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    • My philosophy is do what works for you. I don’t what the therapy was called, but my very first therapist who I saw because someone threatened to kill me and he was the kind of person who didn’t make idle threats and I wasn’t diagnosed with anything back then. Her style was listen to me pour out my guts for 15 minutes, then hit me with “Well what do you think?” She did this several times a session,. I was dumbfounded as I just spent 15 minutes telling her what I thought. It didn’t hit me until now, but was she even listening? I fired her after a few sessions as that style of therapy did not work for me. I realize it may work great for others.

      These days when I get a new therapist, I lay out the groundwork on what works for me. If they are willing to work within my rules, we proceed. I am open to trying new therapies that I haven’t tried before, like sandbox therapy.

      My two best therapists was MSW graduate students and they were probably in the late 20s or early 30s. The cool thing about the MSW program at this college was they allowed clients to see a therapist after they graduated or started or joined an outside therapy service. Sadly, both of them pursued other careers. One became a teacher and the other is still in IT. I am hoping one of them eventually makes use of their MSW degree to get into therapy.

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      • Ah yes. So many therapists are guilty of letting you talk then offering only “and how did that make you feel?” I think you’re right, they don’t listen. I too lay out the rules with a new therapist. My current therapist is a LCSW and quite young. I’ve read that the younger ones are better! This is because A) they aren’t jaded yet and B) they are up on the latest research/theories whereas an “old” therapists could still be practicing stuff he learned back in 1979…lol

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