TEAM-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
A central practice in TEAM-CBT Therapy is to measure the success of therapy on a weekly basis. Who decides what is successful? The client. Before and after each session, the client completes a brief form that determines whether the session and the therapist were helpful, or not. The client’s input helps the therapist make adjustments in their approach. It also tells the therapist the degree to which s/he understands and cares about the client.
Only when the therapist understands the client from the client’s point of view, will effective therapy take place. Therapists are taught to use a fair amount of interpretive psycho-babble, none of which convinces the client of being understood by their therapist. TEAM-CBT focuses on conveying to the client that they are truly understood.
Another word for Agenda Setting is “Motivation.” In the process of exploring issues of motivation, the client often develops an appreciation for how their painful symptoms can protect or serve them. For example, John is getting poor grades in his college major of Electrical Engineering. All his efforts to improve have stalled along the way and he is now concerned about flunking out of college. When he and his therapist explore how not studying may actually be helping him, he discovers he really doesn’t want to be an electrical engineer. This is what his dad wants, but John is much more interested in becoming a pilot.
Many treatment approaches rely on a small group of techniques that are repeated throughout therapy. TEAM CBT recognizes that each person, and the issues they struggle with, are unique. Thus, a large pool of techniques, over 50, is available to the therapist during a client’s treatment. Quite like physical medicine, many interventions are needed to address a wide range of maladies and personalities.