Our expert says:
It's always hard work. Indeed, if anyone proposes some form of therapy for such problems that does NOT require both time and hard work, and which is puurely easy, or requires nothing much to be done by you, you can be certain you're hearing from a quack.
You seem to be referring to some of the non-specific factors which are definitely helpful --- an opportunity to vent in safety, to talk frankly with someone not part of your regular life and its events. CBT of course goes further than that,. and I'm not sure if the therapist you saw actually provided CBT. Anyhow, so long as it was helpful, that's the main thing ! And if you can express yourself in therapy, as eloquently and usefully as you do here, the future ought to look brighter !
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