Potential CBT Session Structure

Session 1: Introduction to CBT. Assess concerns. Set initial treatment goals and treatment plan. Schedule the therapy frequency, dates and times.
Session 2 : Refine treatment goals. Begin intervention techniques.
Session 3: Identify maintaining processes and continue intervention techniques.
Session 4: Continue Intervention Techniques.
Session 5: Evaluate progress towards treatment goals. Continue intervention techniques focusing on identified obstacles such as resistance behaviours and cognitions.
Session 6: Relapse prevention. Reinforcing of new cognitions and behaviours.
Session 7: Discuss ending treatment and prepare maintaining changes.
Session 8: Termination of therapy. Scheduling follow up to assess the consistency of new behaviours and cognitions.

Dr JC Coetzee Christian Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Centurion, Midstream, Midrand, Pretoria.