After enduring the effects of bereavement, disease, trauma, as well as mental disorders such as anxiety, PTSD, or depression, psychotherapy can help patients cope with daily life. Some psychotherapy methods may be more effective for specific situations but the objective remains the same: to help patients reduce debilitating symptoms and restore their well-being.
The goal of psychotherapy (which is also known as talking therapy, talk therapy, and individual therapy) is to get you to feel better. We want to help you to recover from what has been troubling you. Psychotherapists use the terms response, remission, and recovery. These refer to you responding to treatment and feeling better.
For most people, that means feeling stronger mentally. It also means feeling more in control and closer to achieving personal happiness and contentment. The overall aim of psychotherapy is to help people manage their mental illnesses. It should improve their overall wellness emotionally and psychologically.
There are a lot of different ways to achieve these goals. So, the focus is not on one methodology, but on finding solutions that work for an individual client. We work closely with each client and apply our post-doctoral level knowledge and experience. Our therapists encourage the response, remission, and recovery process in their patients.
Psychotherapy can help treat a wide range of emotional, mental, physical, and behavioral disorders including, but not limited to:
Individual therapy addresses everyday issues by allowing you to dedicate time to explore your thoughts and feelings. Therapy gives you the space to focus solely on yourself and gain a deeper understanding of the issues affecting your everyday interactions. A skilled therapist can work with you to develop coping strategies to deal with conflicts and difficult situations.
The benefit of going to therapy will be different for each individual and the goals that they have set with their therapist. However, some common benefits of attending therapy include:
In the initial session of psychotherapy, the mental health professional will try to gather as much information about the patient’s mental health history as possible, as well as physical and emotional health. The therapist will guide the conversation while simultaneously allowing the patient to talk as much as possible. Psychotherapy sessions can incite intense emotional feelings, so it is perfectly normal for the patient to become angry, sad, upset, or even tearful during the course of a single session.
After this first session, a patient may decide whether or not the therapist’s style is the best for their mental health needs. Should they choose to proceed, each subsequent psychotherapy session can take anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes. The mental health professional may also assign homework that helps the patient, in their free time, build on topics discussed during the session.
A person undergoing psychotherapy can certainly expect confidentiality, though this may be breached if the patient admits to thoughts of harming themselves or others.
When undergoing psychotherapy, treatment can come in many different forms. Mental health professionals will make an assessment and decide the best approach to take.
The four most common psychotherapy approaches are:
How effective is psychotherapy? Research findings show that up to 75 percent of people who undergo psychotherapy treatment receive some benefit over time. This research includes comparing the results of brain imaging procedures undergone both before and after treatment. The effectiveness rate has been cited as being identical to, if not better, than if a patient had taken medication.
Finding the right mental health professional is as paramount to the treatment process as a patient’s effort, participation, and openness.
One of the most reliable predictors of success in individual therapy is the strength of the relationship between the patient and the therapist. Our client coordinator will call you and help you determine the best possible match based on your individual needs and therapy goals. Our psychologists draw upon extensive expertise and knowledge, but most importantly, we deeply respect and care for each patient. You can schedule an appointment with us to start the process today.
By reading our clinicians’ bios, you can begin to get to know our team and meet with a provider who is the right fit for you.