Sessions 69 Cognitive Restructuring

Jason's mood continued to improve, and he reported that he had (quite unexpectedly) joined a community theater. We used the fact that he would have a monologue in the play as an opportunity to practice labeling and expressing emotions. Inasmuch as Jason continued to deny experiencing negative moods, we focused upon how he would express them in a play. The negative automatic thoughts he experienced while thinking about this offered an opportunity to explore the relations between thoughts and emotions. Jason acknowledged, for the first time, that he used cognitive avoidance as a coping strategy. As he remarked, "When I see something bad happening, I just don't think about it."

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