Medications are very helpful in the treatment of mental health conditions, but outcomes are generally improved with a combination of medications and counseling.
How to Find a Therapist?
Psychotherapists may be psychologists, social workers or professional counselors. They are highly trained professional who are skilled in helping people cope with struggles in their lives, enhance personal growth, help improve relationships and assist in the recovery from psychiatric disorders.
- Get names from your insurance company, friends and your doctor.
- Remember, credentials are not everything
- Ask yourself if you “feel comfortable” with the therapist; does it feel the therapist is really listening and taking an interest
- Has the therapist asked about your goals of therapy?
- Consider if you prefer a man or woman as your therapist and if age matters
- Are you considering a therapist with a specific theoretical orientation or therapy style?
- Ask if you can speak to or meet the therapist
Is Psychotherapy Effective?
- The short answer is yes, psychotherapy is effective.
- Psychotherapy works well in combination with medication to treat psychiatric conditions
- Psychotherapy helps find solutions to problems and situations that are causing distress
- Psychotherapy helps improve relationships
- Psychotherapy helps teach specific skills to help you deal with your problems or illness
- Psychotherapy can improve your communication skills, leadership skills and manage difficult situation
- Psychotherapy can help with grief, anger, and disappointment
- Psychotherapy can help you better manage stress
- Psychotherapy can help improve your self esteem and confidence leading to a better quality of life
Types of Psychotherapy
There are many different approaches to psychotherapy. There is no evidence that one type of psychotherapy is superior to another, and many therapists use strategies from multiple therapy types. Psychotherapy is generally held in person in an office on a one to one basis, but some people engage in couples and family therapy or group therapy. Recently, therapy has been expanded to on line counseling in situations where therapists are not available locally.
Examples of therapy styles include but are not limited to
- Behavioral Therapy
- Cognitive Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Gestalt Therapy
- Humanistic Therapy
- Client Centered Therapy
- Psychoanalytic or Psychodynamic Therapy
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Solution Focused Therapy