First Form: Five Systems Approach

Your therapist could well use the 5 systems approach to help you understand what is affecting your moods and thoughts and behaviour. By keeping records between sessions, you will allow yourself a better understanding of how the 5 systems fit together. The following is a completed form as an example, and is followed by a blank form for you to fill in. Don’t worry if you get mixed up or aren’t sure whether you are right – you are just looking to make a start.

Trigger or Event What was your mood or feelings? What were your thoughts How did you feel physically What did you do or didn’t do
Television programme talking about depression Depressed If I watch this I will feel more depressed. Physically sick Turned the programme off and started drinking to feel better
Talking with a friend on the phone and she was saying that she was seeing a new boyfriend Jealous, angry and depressed She has her life sorted and how I will never meet anybody because I’m so depressed Tired – its all wearing me down Kept the conversation brief and made an excuse to come off the phone
Had to go shopping when there were a lot of couples out shopping Depressed and jealous Everyone seems to be in a relationship but me because no one wants a loser like me Weary, its taking everything out of me Cut short my shopping decided to do my shopping on line in future

First Form: Five Systems Approach

Trigger or Event What was your mood or feelings? What were your thoughts How did you feel physically What did you do or didn’t do