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!
Category: Anxiety and Panic Disorders
Read feedback from a recent workshop participant. She implemented techniques she learned during a roleplay with Dr. Aaron Beck.
When a client of mine, Adam, was 22, he received the following diagnosis during a routine physical: elevated liver enzymes. He thought, “Oh my God, I’m going to die.” It was later revealed that the lab results were in error, but as he reported to me ten years later: “This catapulted me into heath anxiety.”
The negative outcomes of past intuitive treatment reinforced one of the most common and fundamental beliefs of PTSD: “I am incompetent.” The woman perceived through past experiences in and out of therapy that something within her was so broken that she was beyond help, leading to a cycle of hopelessness, suicidality, and treatment avoidance.
I posited that if cognitive therapy were truly effective, then it should work on the most severely mentally ill. The three steps we followed were:
Dr. Aaron Beck recently did a roleplay with a therapist who was attending one of our on-site workshops. The therapist played a patient from his own practice, John. John is in his mid-twenties and has a longstanding anxiety disorder.