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Shortly approaching CBT session, advice?

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coraline1664

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On wednesday I have an appointment with a CBT trainee on the NHS, which wasn't quite as good as I hoped for but want to go in with a calm attitude and try to be as open minded as possible without feeling walked on or having my contributions dismissed. I want to get as much out of it as I can. Does anyone have any tips on how to be listened to and having effective and successful sessions?
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Hi there - I haven't had CBT sessions so I can't advise on that. I have had sessions with a psychologist, psychotherapist and psychiatrist.
What I found useful before these sessions was to write 3-5 questions or issues that I wanted to get across. I found that there was often sooo much I wanted to talk about I didn't know where to start .
So by narrowing it down to 3-5 succinct points it made me feel I had more control over the session -without being led by my emotions or by the other person.
May not suit what you want but I just thought i'd share my experience with you. I hope it goes well for you.
 
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coraline1664

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Thank you for the advice. :)
I have got a few main points written down now + I'm taking a little notebook to write any information down.
 
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Hi,
I've had CBT but it was private although the therapist does also work for NHS. Stick with it. It can be hard work but definately worthwhile. Good Luck.
 
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coraline1664

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Thank you
I've had a few sessions before but wasn't really ready for it in my mind, I was just a bit too confused to take on anything new I think.
I am practising mindfulness at home now which is helping, i got back into the swing of it a couple of days ago and have felt less stressed. I can imagine that and CBT would go well together. I have everything prepared ready to go so my mind will be as clear as possible tomorrow.
 
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Mindfulness is very good. I find it quite difficult at times. My CBT therapist taught me how to be mindful and be in the 'here and now'. I also try to use it for pain relief. Again, Good Luck. It's a tough old world.
 
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coraline1664

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Me too, it can be quite difficult, I just try not to beat myself up for struggling. I think sometimes just breathing techniques alone can be more effective when you are very anxious.
I have used it for back pain and it was very good.
 
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CBT preparation

Keep a detailed daily diary of ordinary, even petty events and the automatic thoughts surrounding them - i.e. Had a cup of coffee at 9.30 - 'must hurry this or I'll be late.':tea::tea::tea:
 
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