If I notice a client seems to be experiencing persistent, unhelpful thoughts (the issue which
CBT specifically addresses), rather than set the client homework tasks for combating these
thoughts (an approach which can make clients feel they are doing something 'wrong'); I would
flag such thoughts up - and seek to engage the client's own curiosity about what is going on
there; and collaborate with them in developing a more robust stance towards such thoughts - out of
their own experience and understanding of themselves.
I certainly might have ideas about how they could approach this. But these would be offered as
suggestions - for the client to take up (or not) - not as prescriptions. As keys for reflection on the self,
not instructions for its 'repair' (because all of my experience tells me that that is not how it works!).
By such means, the client not only becomes less susceptible to such thoughts; they also gain
confidence in their own ability to 'right' themselves - a confidence which will then be available for
other aspects of their self-recovery.