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What Is Psychotherapy and How Does It Work?

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Psychotherapy is a way to help people with emotional difficulties and with varieties of mental illnesses. This is also called talk therapy that enables a person to understand feelings, both positive and negative, identify triggers or situations that can make them feel good, nervous, and depressed. It helps to eliminate troubling symptoms to function better and promote well-being. Psychotherapy address a diverse set of problems including, depression and low self-esteem, the impact of trauma, anxiety, and coping up with daily difficulties due to the loss of a loved one. 

There are several types of psychotherapy depending on the problems and issues. 

What to expect?

Psychotherapy can be conducted by a psychotherapist, psychologist, social worker, family therapist, professional counsellor, psychoanalyst, or psychiatrist. The sessions may be conducted one on one, by pairs, or by groups. Several clients of crystalstokes.com appreciate having interactive, motivating, and engaging workshops to learn about beating anxiety and understanding Enneagram as an evidence-based personality system. In general, to start your session, you have to book an appointment for your consultation. 

Talks can be done via video conferencing, or you can drop by at the counselling clinic. Psychotherapy has many approaches, and some forms last only for a few sessions, while others may continue for several months or years depending on the needs. 

Types of psychotherapy

There are different types of psychotherapy but let’s focus on the most frequently used. These include behavioural therapy, cognitive, interpersonal, psychodynamic, family, and group therapy.  Each type has a different purpose and benefits depending on a person’s needs and difficulties. For instance, behavioural therapy targets undesirable behaviours to replace them with good ones, focusing on a person’s engagement with positive activities. In some cases, behavioural and cognitive therapies are being used for an individual with depression. Cognitive therapy is based on the notion that our feelings rely on our thoughts. 

As for interpersonal therapy, it aims to help people to cope up with negative or toxic relationships. Through this approach, the client can learn new ways to communicate or express feelings that help to improve relationships with others. In some cases, the treatment should involve the entire family to focus on better communication between family members. If the problem is because of the earlier experiences that cause the behaviour, psychodynamic therapy is an approach to be used. The goal is to understand how past events impact the present behaviours. 

Effectiveness of psychotherapy

Its effectiveness depends on the reason why the person is seeking treatment, the result also depends on the skills of the practitioner, the relationship between the client and the therapist,  including the support system that he can get outside. This would also vary on the desire of the client to participate, his engagement in the process, honesty in describing feelings and thoughts. These factors are critical in attaining full recovery. 

People seek this treatment for a wide range of reasons. Make sure to consult a licensed therapist and well-experienced practitioners. They should inspire clients to establish trust and confidence. The result may not be immediate, but you have to trust the process.

Dennis Relojo-Howell is the managing director of Psychreg.


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