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BonkerHonkers31 karma

Cancer survivor here dealing with medical trauma. I've been doing CBT for a couple of years, but I don't feel like I'm getting as much out of it as I can. The biggest hang up I believe I have is being unable to believe the corrections I'm instructed to apply to my distortions. Do you have any advice to help "lean into" those corrections and allow one's self to believe in the corrections?

BonkerHonkers11 karma

but sometimes my own voice would pop up in my head saying this is stupid

This was a big problem at first for me, but I tried giving that "voice" a different name to differentiate it from my non-intrusive thoughts. Basically if I catch that voice trying to discourage me I just say, "Shut up Ryan, you're not helping."

I totally get what you're getting at, I know it's a long process of learning how to effectively internalize the treatment and I'm gonna keep putting in the work, thank you for the supportive advice.

BonkerHonkers8 karma

I'll be sure to bring up EMDR at my next appointment then, my therapist has been very supportive and I'm sure she would be 100% down to try a new approach with my treatment. Thank you very much for the advice and for taking time to do this very helpful AMA!

BonkerHonkers5 karma

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