Testing involves collecting information about the client’s mood and symptoms before and after every session using the Brief Mood Survey and the Evaluation of Therapy Scale. That means you measure progress over time and during the session.
Welcome to TEAM-CBT Australia – Empathic, Effective & Practical
As therapists, psychologists and counsellors it’s our job to help clients to feel better, make change and overcome their problems. After all, that’s why we enter the helping professions in the first place. Sadly, we learn that it’s more difficult than we expected.
- Are you feeling stuck with some clients?
- Are you discouraged by your clients “yes-butting” your suggested interventions or homework exercises?
- Do you want more evidence-based ways to engage with them?
- Do you want to take your therapy skills to the next level but sometimes wonder if you have even chosen the right career path?
TEAM-CBT is an advanced form of cognitive behavioural therapy created by the renowned psychiatrist, Dr David Burns. He describes this approach as “CBT on steroids “ and I agree after being immersed in it for five years. But I am not alone! Other colleagues and trainers support my claim that it has the potential to change your practice making you much more effective with clients and, often, improving your personal life.
My career as a clinical psychologist has been a continuing search for the best, evidence-based treatment approaches which work for all clients – not just the compliant majority. My practice incorporated cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), clinical hypnosis, systemic family therapy, Gottman Method Couples Counselling, narrative approaches as well as expressive therapies. The first step is always to establish rapport with the client and then I choose from an eclectic assortment of approaches.
In 2016, I found TEAM–CBT. It gives me a practical framework to organise my thinking and even more tools to help my clients. It also feels good to stay true to the scientist/ practitioner model which I value highly.