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Getting The Most Out Of CBT

Reflecting On CBT Sessions

So much can happen in an hours therapy session often it can be difficult to fully process what you’ve discussed and what that means for you.

Reflecting on sessions is an ideal way to ensure you get the most out of your therapy. I encourage all my clients to spend some time following each session reflecting. Ideally this should be in a quiet space when you feel relaxed and within a day of the session so the information is fresh.

Cognitive behavioural therapy is about understanding the patterns we find ourselves in that can be unhelpful and about helping us move towards more helpful patterns, which will enhance our quality of life. Reflection can enhance your awareness of these patterns; it can help you become more objective of your experience and act as an additional guide enhancing your therapeutic experience.

Ultimately CBT encourages you to become your own therapist providing you with the skills you need to make changes and move forward, being able to ask yourself reflective questions at times of difficulty is an excellent way of helping us move out of being tangled in our emotions and re-engage our logical minds which sometimes decides to take a back seat when difficulty strikes. Reflection, slowing down our thinking and taking stock is a great exercise in helping us take back control when things get out of control.

Here is a reflection sheet I’ve put together for my clients but feel free to add your own questions and personalise it to your own taste, I’d love to hear of any suggestions or ideas feel free to comment.


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Sarah Rees

Sarah is a fully accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and mental health writer delivering Modern Mental Health for you and with you in Mind. Sarah is the author of ‘The CBT Journal’ which helps you write for your wellbeing incorporating CBT techniques. For more information and to keep in touch have a look at