Contrary to the initial session where Dr. Werner was only interested in the client’s expectations, this second session was focused on the client’s growth. Dr. Werner use a series of leading inquiries and feedback loops to unearth the client’s basic beliefs and negative habitual thinking (Griffiths & Simons, 2018). It is crucial to identify the themes the therapist wants to use with the client in order for this goal to be achieved. In addition to establishing expectations, research indicates that goal setting may give a therapist with a clearer picture of the client’s progress as treatment continues (Griffiths & Simons, 2018). The client should feel happier and more focused after a therapy session.
Setting goals can not only be useful for setting client expectations but it may also serve as a tool to assist with counseling. Dr. Werner provided guidance to help Angela see her parenting views from a different perspective. The quality of mental health care is enhanced when the client and counselor collaborate to define treatment objectives (Griffiths & Simons, 2018). CBT requires clients to review their mood monitoring and homework before each session. It is a way for the past sessions and the present to be connected (Iakimova, et. al., 2016). Angela is given a task by Dr. Werner to help her identify her anxiety triggers. To end the session Dr. Werner created a new project that would explore more ideas about unhelpful behavior patterns. Cognitive behavioral therapy has to be collaborative in order for the client to develop a more positive outlook.
CBT’s downarrow arrow technique allows for more structured and ordered evaluations of ideas, emotions and actions. It can help you identify and resolve any related underlying issues. This promotes emotional intelligence as well as self awareness. This could help to develop better coping skills. This is a great tool to increase motivation and self-efficacy. Clients are better able identify and fix problems by understanding the interplay between thoughts, emotions, actions (Simmons-Griffiths, 2018). Tom Werner, Dr., discusses how the technique works, what problems it raises and any other issues that may arise for doctors when using the method.