It’s helpful to collaborate with clients to set aside worry time. Worry time is a predetermined period of time that clients devote to their worries. This helps clients utilize the rest of their time without worrying and teaches them that worry is controllable.
- do an experiment – set up a daily worry time
- this is a pre-determine 10 to 30 minute worry period for which they can worry about anything they like
- therapists are encouraged to be collaborative and ask clients how much time they would like
- when it is not worry time, clients are asked to postpone worry
- the following are reasons why clients are asked to set aside worry time:
- GAD clients have typically spent a lot of time worrying everyday (and often for large parts of the day)
- worry time provides proof to clients that their belief that worry is uncontrollable is actually untrue
- in non-worry periods, clients are asked to use CBT skills to disengage from the worry – in other words they control worry
- clients test their belief that worry is dangerous by doing a behavioural experiment during worry time
- does the outcome they fear actually occur or not.