Our first session together will be an ‘Assessment Session’. This session will typically follow up a complimentary phone consultation we’ll have to assess your suitability to CBT Therapy & Coaching.
During your first session with me, we talk about your Anxiety.
We look at:
1. HOW the anxiety presents itself; 2. WHEN it typically shows; 3. WHERE (at work, in social situations); 4. WITH WHOM (key persons present- a new date, CEO, Manager etc); 5. WHY.
Next, we look at:
What do you do to maintain the anxiety?
You will have developed something called ‘safety behaviors’ to cope with your Anxiety.
The most typical safety behaviours are:
1. Avoidance; 2. And Escape.
While these behaviors may diffuse your Anxiety levels temporarily, they cause more damage to you in the long run.
Next, we look at:
1. Recent situation (or situations) during which you felt high levels of Anxiety; 2. Cognitions (Thoughts) associated with that event; 3. Feelings you felt; 4. Body sensations you experienced; 5. And consequent behaviours (actions) you did as a result of your Anxiety.
Our first session is a very important step towards understanding your Anxiety spiral, creating a treatment plan together and setting goals.
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