A Country Doctor, Part 2 of 2
A = Assessment of Resistance
At the end of the moving and tearful empathy phase, we asked Jillian about her goals for the session, which included the ability to
- enjoy my work
- to give away all of my certificates
- set limits with my patients
- feel happy with what I do
- not have to fear my work anymore!
After Jillian said she would be willing to press the Magic Button to achieve all these goals instantly if we had one, we suggested Positive Reframing first. to see what might be lost of she suddenly achieved all these goals. You can creview the Positive Reframing that we did together.
Here’s Jillian’s Emotions table at the end of Positive Reframing, showing her goals for each emotion when we used the Magic Dial. The idea is to dial each feeling down to a lower level that would reduce your suffering while still allowing you to preserve all the awesome things about you!
|Emotions||% Now||% Goal||% After||Emotions||% Now||% Goal||% After|
|Sad, blue, down, unhappy||80||15||Embarrassed, foolish, humiliated, self-conscious||50||10|
|Anxious, nervous||90||20||Hopeless, discouraged, pessimistic, despairing||100||0|
|Bad||70||0||Frustrated, stuck, thwarted, defeated||90||5|
|Inferior, inadequate, incompetent||95||5||Angry, mad, resentful, annoyed, irritated, upset, furious||100||10|
Jillian said that the Positive Reframing really opened her up, especially when we read the list of positives out loud. It kind of shocked her in a good way so see that her negative feelings were not really problems, defects, or symptoms of one or more “mental disorders,” but the expression of what was most beautiful and awesome about her as a human being, and as a physician.
This Positive Reframing is one of the unique aspects of TEAM-CBT. Although we are encouraging the patient to keep the symptoms, rather than pressing the Magic Button that makes them disappear, it paradoxically eliminates or drastically reduces the resistance to change, and opens the door to the possibility of ultra-rapid recovery.
M = Methods
We asked Jillian what Negative Thought she wanted to work on first, and she chose #9: “I’m not having a big enough impact.” She believed this thought 100%.
First, we asked Jillian to identify and explain the cognitive distortions in this thought, and she focused on these: Should Statement; Self-Blame, All-or-Nothing Thinking, Mental Filtering, and Discounting the Positive.
In retrospect, I think I spotted two additional distortions: Emotional Reading (I feel I’m not having a positive impact, so I must not be having a positive impact) and Mind-Reading (my patients expect me to have the answers to all their problems and judge me when I don’t have all the answers.)
Then we challenged the Negative Thought, and Jillian she was able, with a little help and a role reversal, to crush it, as you can see here.
Usually, crushing one Negative Thought is about all you really have to do, because once the patient blows one Negative Thought out of the water, there is usually a kind of “cognitive click,” and the brain suddenly changes, and all the positive circuits suddenly get fired up. It’s amazing to behold, and you will hear it for yourself!
The damn did suddenly break, and Jillian could clobber the rest of her Negative Thoughts fairly easily, using a combination of Self-Defense, Self-Acceptance, and a lot of the CAT technique. She suddenly appeared to be a radically and delightfully different person during the Externalization of Voices. You can see her final Daily Mood Log here.
You can see her feelings on the Emotions table at the end of the session.
|Emotions||% Now||% Goal||% After||Emotions||% Now||% Goal||% After|
|Sad, blue, down, unhappy||80||15||0||Embarrassed, foolish, humiliated, self-conscious||50||10||0|
|Anxious, nervous||90||20||0||Hopeless, discouraged, pessimistic, despairing||100||0||0|
|Bad||70||0||0||Frustrated, stuck, thwarted, defeated||90||5||0|
|Inferior, inadequate, incompetent||95||5||0||Angry, mad, resentful, annoyed, irritated, upset, furious||100||10||0|
Jillian’s scores on my Happiness Test on the Brief Mood Survey also soared to 100% and her ratings of Jill and David on Empathy and Helpfulness tests were also perfect.
After the workshop, Jillian sent this email.
Hi Jill and David,
As I drove home tonight from my office, I actually felt like my heart had been opened. My chest didn’t feel as tight and locked-up like it normally does. It felt so relaxed. I put my baseball cap on, rolled the windows down, and listened to 90’s country music (my favorite) on my drive and sang loudly. I have spent the last hour checking my new superpowers. There have been negative thoughts, but telling them to “shut the heck up. I am not listening to you” has been quite liberating. I even was greeted by my 4 year old when I got out of the car. I knelt down and hugged her without the worry of being a rotten mom, but rather one of feeling like I am the perfect mom for her, flaws and all.
Thank you for this opportunity. I took a chance to email you in the first place after listening to a podcast weeks ago. I thought there would be no chance in heck that I would be selected. I am glad I had this remarkable opportunity and grateful to have worked with both of you.
Much love and admiration,
I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Again, a big hug and thanks to the star or our podcast, Dr. Jillian Scherer who gave us all an incredible gift today!
Thanks for listening. I hope you learned a ton and were moved emotionally. Write and let us know what you think!
Jillian and Jill joined Rhonda and me for a two plus month follow-up at the end of the recording of part 2. She is still glowing and doing great, and emphasized the three main experiences that led to her amazing breakthrough: 1. When we did the Downward Arrow, she discovered that she had an underlying belief that she “should” or “must” make some kind of enormous, amazing contribution through her clinical work. Letting go of that internal demand was an enormous relief. I (David) think of this as one of the four “Great Deaths” of the “self,” or “ego.” 2. Learning to talk back to the relentless inner chatter that is always saying, “you’re not good enough,” using the CAT (Counter Attack Technique.) 3. Reframing the negative thoughts and feelings, and seeing the inner beauty in her suffering.
David again emphasized that TEAM-CBT is not just about improvement, or feeling less depressed, but magic, and enlightenment.
Jill summarized her new 11-hour home study course in TEAM-CBT with video and audio illustrating and teaching the four components of TEAM-CBT, Testing, Empathy, Assessment of Resistance, and Methods. This class sells for $187 and is suitable for therapists as well as the general public, and offers continuing education credit as well as certification credits in TEAM-CBT. I (David) believe that Jill is one of the truly great psychotherapy teachers, and urge you to check it out if you’d like to hear more!
Rhonda, Jill, Jillian, and David
Dr. Rhonda Barovsky practices in Walnut Creek, California. She sees clients mostly via Zoom, and in her office. She can be reached at email@example.com. She is a Level 4 Certified TEAM-CBT therapist and trainer and specializes in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression, and relationship problems. Check out her new website: www.feelinggreattherapycenter.com.
You can reach Dr. Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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