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Psychotherapy Treatment

Posted by on Sunday, August 23, 2009, 11:33
This news item was posted in Depression category and has 2 Comments so far.

Whether you see a psychiatrist, psychologist, or other mental health professional, you will probably get “psychotherapy” No, this doesn’t mean you are a psycho! Psychotherapy, also known as “talk therapy” is individual, family, or group therapy ( or a combination of these). It is a way to talk about your problems.

Talk therapy can usually resolve milder types of depression, like dysthymia. You might focus on personal relationships (this is known as “interpersonal therapy”), or you might work on changing negative thinking and behaviours (“cognitive behavioral therapy”).

If you are in individual therapy, you and your therapist will talk about past experiences and try to resolve current problems. Sometimes family therapy is helpful, especially if you are depressed because of family conflict. You could also explore group therapy, which takes place among a group of unrelated people who share their problems and feelings with the help of a trained mental health professional. Talk therapy usually lasts about ten to twenty weeks, with sessions once a week or more.

Talk therapy will help, but you have to make the most of it. Some people feel embarrassed about going to therapy because they think it is a waste of time, a sign of weakness, or a form of punishment. They may believe they are better of working out their problems on their own. Therapy isn’t something to be ashamed of it is worked for millions of people, and it can work for you, too.

Look at therapy as a chance to express your feelings without anyone judging you a way to make positive changes in your life. Therapy is an opportunity to lear to control how you think, and feel to be a happier person. You won’t be “cured” in two or three weeks, but you will start to feel better. Give it time.

Most therapists will spend fifteen minutes or more with you at no cost, so you can see if you feel comfortable talking with them. If you don’t interact well with the person for whatever reason, you can find someone else. After you choose a therapist you like, go to at least three sessions to decide if the person is someone you want to continue seeing.

Ask yourself these questions:
Am i comfortable with this therapist?
Does he/she really listen and understand?
Do i trust this person?
Do i believe he/she can help me?

If you don’t think the therapist is right for you after three sessions, try to find a new therapist or give the person another chance. When you are thinking about changing therapists, ask yourself if it is the therapist you feel uncomfortable with or the process of therapy. Opening up to a stranger and talking about your painful feelings may be difficult for you. ┬áHaving doubts is natural. Learn to trust the process IT WORKS.

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2 Responses to “Psychotherapy Treatment”

  1. 24 August, 2009, 5:41

    It really gives me an idea on looking for a child therapist. My daughter is depressed due to a family matter. Me and my daughters dad got divorce due to some reasons. So she got affected on it and not able to move on. It is like her life stops and I’ve just cried when I saw her very quiet.

  2. 8 August, 2011, 0:03

    I think you make a great point regarding a trial period with a therapist. Give them a chance, but it may not work out. Working with a therapist of any kind is like a friendship. Sometimes they workout, and sometimes they don’t.

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