1. Building rapport, Identifying the problem, Broad goal setting-- We're going to take stock of the whole picture. Not just mental health, but all the facets of your life that ...
2. Learning (biological underpinnings, your personal triggers/stressors and vulnerabilities)--We identified the problem and our goals, but now we're really going to sink our teeth into understanding how things work.
3. Values identification--We want to suss out what is most important to you. Our values serve as guideposts to help us navigate where we're going. Sometimes even just identifying what it is we care about most can be such a clarifying step of the therapuetic journey that brings much relief and increased motivation.
4. Identifying and practicing specific skill development, e.g., tolerance of uncertainty or tolerance of distress through reduction of experiential avoidance, self-compassion etc.
5. Fine tuning.
At every phase there is ongoing re-evaluation.