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Common Goals of Psychotherapy
GOALS OF PSYCHOTHERAPY:

Healthy thinking
being able to think logically
being able to sustain concentration
being able to recognize “cognitive distortions”
being able to question assumptions
being able to look at issues from more than one perspective “flexible thinking”
being able to continue to think under stress and in intense emotional states
being able to put our thoughts into understandable language
being able to communicate effectively


Healthy feeling
being able to know what we are feeling
being able to choose words to describe our feelings
being able to distinguish subtle shades of feelings and to label them
being able to recognize when we have more than one feeling at a time
being able to accept all of our feelings
being able to tolerate intense feelings without having to deny them or to overreact
being able to talk to others even when having strong feelings
being able to tolerate feelings in others and to recognize what they are
being able to distinguish between our feelings and the feelings of others


Healthy behaving

being able to choose effective behaviors even when under stress
being able to delay gratification
being able to build a repertoire of healthy lifestyle behaviors
being able to build consistency in our behavior choices
being able to refuse to participate in unhealthy behaviors, even when pressured
being able to try new things, to ‘get out of our comfort zone’
being able to “self start” - to initiate behavior instead of waiting for an external starter
being able to handle conflict through use of specific communication skills
being willing to learn skills as needed (example, parenting classes)
being able to be still—to not always do something
being able to understand moderation and to regulate our choices
being able to make positive choices even when they involve emotional pain
being able to ask for help
being able to interact effectively with others, including when under stress
being able to set limits and boundaries when appropriate
being able to engage in honest, self disclosing conversation
being able to be sexual if we so choose




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