explore my defense mechanisms
Discuss how the cognitive theorists (Kelly, Beck, and Ellis) might respond to this question from a potential client: “I have been a patient of Dr. Steve Smith, who is a psychoanalyst. He feels that I need three years of therapy to explore my defense mechanisms (he said I need to regress back to my childhood repressions, whatever that means). I am feeling depressed, and have even thought of committing suicide. I feel that no matter what I do, I’m just a complete failure. Can you help me, or should I stay with Dr. Smith?