You attend every session regularly. Despite it being free.
You comply with all of what the therapist says.
You ask questions if you don’t understand.
You do your homework conscientiously. And remember to bring it back to the next session.
You tend to be Axis 1. And not a hassle at all.
You want to change.
You have clear goals for therapy.
You are able to identify your automatic thoughts. And challenge them.
You are willing to put in the effort required for therapy. In and out of session.
You do some things even before we decide to engage in them.
You are the type we read about as examples in books by other psychologists.
It’s a shame that in reality, you are few and far between.
But to that one perfect client I get among every 500 or so imperfect ones…you remind me of why I chose this line of work.
You help me see that change is possible when there aren’t other extraneous factors or personality factors hindering it.
You help me see that cognitive-behaviour therapy is in fact evidence-based. And with the right type of client such as you, it is a breeze.
I just wish there were more of you!
But I guess if that were the case, I wouldn’t value you as much as I do.
Until next time,