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Intro to Cognitive Behaviour Counselling

For those who don’t know, I have obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Post-graduate certificate in Autism and Behavioural Science. So, I’ve learned briefly about Cognitive Behaviour Counselling and Cognitive Behaviour Therapies (CBT) but on my first day of class, I don’t know why but I can honestly say, I never thought of those things as Cognitive Behaviour concepts.

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First day of class, we briefly touched upon all the therapies and theories that I believe we will be going through in class. Here’s a quick list:

  • Classical Conditioning
  • Cognitive-Behavioural Modification
  • Multi-modal Therapy
  • Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy
  • Social Cognitive Therapy
  • Self-management Therapy

Those are just some of the few broad topics my professor touched upon and ALL of those are ones I have touched upon in a few classes of mine in the past. I didn’t realize that they WERE cognitive behavioural therapies even though, I guess I should have realized that since the theories are very cognitive and behavioural. It was interesting to sort of get that epiphany today.

In other news, I will clarify this on the blog that whatever experiences I talk about on here is my OWN experiences. The classroom is a safe environment, which means what we talk about in the classroom stays in the classroom. I will never disclose any classmates information or experiences, only my own. This message will make a lot more sense in my next post.

Anyways, have you ever had an epiphany where you thought, why’d I never thought of that before? If so, leave a comment below and let me know. I’d love to hear what epiphanies people have had.

 

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First Day

First days are always a nervous, jittery one for me. The whole not knowing what to expect or what is expected of you scares me.

Today was my first day of classes and it absolutely didn’t help that I passed out pretty early last evening because I definitely woke up around 3am and couldn’t get back to sleep. All that were running through my mind was what I needed to remember to take with me in the morning and what I had to do and on top of that, just being nervous that I will pass out again and miss my alarm and be late. Luckily that didn’t happen.

So, how was my first day of classes?

It was different than any other type of classes that I have ever had. To be honest, this whole school is very different.

The school I am attending is a private college I believe and the way the program is set up is that, one course lasts about 3 weeks. So, you aren’t taking multiple courses at the same time but if you are doing courses in class, it is Monday – Friday for about 4 hours with breaks obviously. SO, the way this school is set up is already different than what I am use to. This can probably account for all my nerves and jitters this morning.

I got a quick orientation with another woman whom was also starting the program now and we were told that we were the two new people in the class. I didn’t really know what that meant but assumed that others have had classes together before. The class was pretty small about 9 people. I don’t think I have EVER had a class that small, I am sure that that will take me some getting use to.

Anyways, my first course is Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and I hope to bring you on my 3 week learning journey about the topic. What do you know about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

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to: me – the beginning

*Note: if you have been following my blog from the beginning, there may be repetitive information.*

I started this blog to search for my focus. to: me is like writing letters to myself but not actually. I am using it to help myself…no, make myself research, study, motivate and ultimately get myself to where I want to be in my life and career.

After years of feeling like I am stuck and lost, I finally did it. I took the first step, taking the GRE. Even though the program I ended up applying to does not require the GRE, I know that I will need it in the future and ultimately, I just needed to get over my fear of failing. I didn’t “fail” per se but now that I have taken it again (I took it once a long time ago but wasn’t motivated to study), I know I can do much better.

My second step so to speak, was picking a program that was right for me. I found it so difficult to find a suitable masters program for me in Canada. I find Canadian universities focus too much on research and academia in general and I didn’t want to do research. I had been looking at my options long before I took the GRE but never knew where I would want to end up settling down for the most part. My lack in finding masters options in Canada somehow led me to look up what it would take for me to become licensed and from there I looked to see what schools/programs that may help me to get licensed as a counsellor. This led me to my third step.

The third step was applying to schools. I will be completely honest, I was thinking about moving to California and going to school there BUT I thought about it and me, being the naturally lazy person that I am, knew that I wouldn’t want to deal with school or work visas. Plus I don’t know how to drive and am not sure how I would get around in California, it just seems like everyone there drives. This obviously made me think about where else I would want to go and who doesn’t want to go back “home”? I grew up in Vancouver, so I decided it was time to go back “home” in a sense. That’s when I really started looking into schools in Vancouver from colleges to universities. Eventually I picked a school that I felt could work for me.

Where I am now?
Currently I am writing this on the plane on my way to Vancouver but this post probably won’t go up till the day after. And yes, that is correct, I applied and I got accepted.

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Why am I writing this post now?
I know I have been a little MIA lately but as you can tell, a lot has been going on. And I am so excited to share my journey on becoming a counsellor/psychologist/psychotherapist with you guys. My posts will be more regular from now on as I will share with you my thoughts on what I am learning in school and continue to update you on my journey.

Toodles ❤ Sarah