Hey 10Percent - when you say you went through a course, what do you mean? There can be so many variables affecting the outcome of therapy, I wouldn't dismiss CBT out of hand. The relationship between cognition and biology and emotion is very complex, but I believe it works both ways. Also, its pretty common for anxiety to go up at the beginning of therapy.
Personally, I didn't like some of the ideological implications of CBT when I started it years ago ( My therapist had a somewhat limited idea of what a healthy person "looks" like). So I didn't take it too seriously. Later on though, I began to realized skills I learned were pretty useful.
I think of CBT as a set of tools, and they can be pretty effective once they become automatic. That being said, I agree with jr001, you can try out a variety of therapies and use whatever works best for you.
nlp never did it for me, but I did like the self-hypnosis parts as they got me interested in meditation. I'm hoping to start Mindfulness Based Acceptance Group Therapy this summer, and I'm pretty excited about it.
Best therapy by far, in my experience, is simple, horrifying, wretched EXPOSURE. And for me that only works when you prepare and have some control over the type of thoughts racing through your brain. CBT is good for that.
Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free. Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.
- Chuang Tzu