CBT clinicians strive to help clients learn realistic and helpful self-talk.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) had implications for Ann’s life that she never anticipated. After learning that her penchant for eating fatty foods and smoking cigarettes exacerbated her symptoms and discomfort, she started to make lifestyle changes.
Families with anxious children often come to treatment with an expectation that therapy may focus on ways to help their child to be more brave, strong, and curious about the world. Parents are often surprised to learn how much their own behavior may also contribute to helping their child build these skills!
When a schizophrenic individual is subjected to minor traumas, the hurt to their self-esteem may be neutralized by having built up resilience in the form of a number of positive beliefs about themselves.
James was a 53-year old firefighter debilitated by depression who saw suicide as a way out. Prior to his first episode of depression, he was able to work full time, support his wife and family, and fulfill his obligations.
When individuals approach a task that seems formidable and challenging, clinicians can influence the meanings attached to the task by being supportive and encouraging.