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CBT and life as a Provisional Psychologist

People talking and looking at a sheet of paper on a desk

Hello everyone! Thank you for sharing this space with me, I really love writing to you. It’s fun.

People want to have fun and enjoyment in their life. Fun and Joy are keywords that I hear my clients say over and over again. People want to have fun and enjoyment in their life. A happy life is a good life? Right? Well yes, but having emotions that are not just pigeonholed into one box is also a good life.

You can be mad, and sad, and angry and all those other feelings and still have a good life.

Perhaps it’s a matter of how we shape our own thoughts.

CBT and life as a Provisional Psychologist

Cognitive behavioural therapy is a time-tested crowd favourite.

Cognitive behavioural therapy involves learning how to think about our thoughts. That metacognition, the bases of all psychologist skill set. As Provisional Psychologists is this concept something that you use more and more.

Take it into your everyday life outside of the field. I know for me, I used to live everyday thinking about my thoughts, what they felt like, what they looked like, what they sounded like. Now as a Provisional Psychologist I am even more aware and vigilant.

  1. What I thought other people thought of me?

  2. Do you get this in a professional sense?

  3. For example are you living in imposter syndrome or even a hero syndrome?

  4. Striving for prefect and feeling burnt out?

  5. Is this having a direct impact on your own thoughts about yourself in this space?

The benefits around CBT and life as a Provisional Psychologist

For me it feels like my brain is constantly bombarding me with thoughts. This takes away from fun and joy and all of those colourful words we like to use.

The benefits of CBT are vast and many. If it feels like there are so many ways to approach it. That’s because there is, generally speaking. A top tip that I find myself coming back too. Keep notes of what you’re learning. Track it. Use CBT methods on yourself. What are your statements of fact? How can you think about your cognition? What are you doing in your life that is not connected to work?

Where is your fun?

This job is a lot. So many moving parts and lots of responsibilities that feel heavy. Use the skills you are becoming an expert in and implement it into your life.

If you try too hard, or chase too hard, or put so much strain on yourself. You will burnout. I am learning that the hard way. Give 95! But keep 5% of it for yourself. Then scale it back so it becomes and equilibrium of 50-50. 


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