Psychotherapy helps patients manage their symptoms better and function at their best in everyday life.
Psychotherapy is a general term for addressing mental health concerns by talking with a psychologist or other mental health provider. It can be helpful in treating most mental health problems, including:
- Anxiety disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder
- Addictions, such as alcoholism, drug dependence or compulsive gambling
- Eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia
- Personality disorders, such as borderline personality disorder or antisocial personality disorder
- Schizophrenia and other disorders that cause detachment from reality (psychotic disorders)
- Not everyone who benefits from psychotherapy is diagnosed with a mental illness.
Psychotherapy can help with a number of life’s stresses and conflicts that can affect anyone.
For example, it may help you:
- Resolve conflicts with your partner or someone else in your life;
- Learn how to take control of your life and respond to challenging situations with healthy coping skills;
- Learn about your condition and your moods, feelings, thoughts and behaviors;
- Relieve anxiety or stress due to work or other situations;
- Cope with major life changes, such as divorce, the death of a loved one or the loss of a job;
- Learn to manage unhealthy reactions such as road rage or passive-aggressive behavior;
- Come to terms with a chronic or serious physical health problem such as diabetes, cancer or chronic pain;
- Recover from physical or sexual abuse or witnessing violence;
- Cope with sexual problems, whether they’re due to a physical or psychological cause;
- Sleep better, if you have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep (insomnia).
What are the different types of psychotherapy?
Many kinds of psychotherapy exist. There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach. In addition, some therapies have been scientifically tested more than others. Some people may have a treatment plan that includes only one type of psychotherapy. Others receive treatment that includes elements of several different types. The kind of psychotherapy a person receives depends on his or her needs.
Commonly used therapies include:
- Internal Family Systems (IFS)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
For addiction related disorders:
- Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
There are many specific types of psychotherapy, each with its own approach. The type of psychotherapy that’s right for you depends on your individual situation. Psychotherapy is also known as talk therapy, counseling, psycho-social therapy or, simply, therapy.
Your Psychotherapy Treatment plan Is Based On Your Individual Needs and Preferences;
- Sometimes psychotherapy alone is not enough to ease the symptoms of a mental health condition. You may also need medications or other treatments;
- In some cases, psychotherapy can be as effective as medications such as antidepressants.