Psychotherapy– also called talk therapy, therapy, or counseling — is a process focused on helping you heal and learn more constructive ways to deal with the emotional and mental problems or issues within your life. It can also be a supportive process when going through a difficult period or under increased stress, such as starting a new career or going through a difficult relationship. There are several kinds of therapies practiced in psychotherapy like cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness based cognitive therapy, psychodynamic therapy, or a combination of these.
Mostly, psychotherapy tends to focus on problem solving and is goal-oriented. That means at the onset of treatment, you and your therapist decide upon which specific changes you would like to make in your life. These goals will often be broken down into smaller attainable objectives and put into a formal treatment plan. Most psychotherapists today work on and focus on helping you to achieve those goals. This is done simply through talking and discussing techniques that the therapist can suggest that may help you better navigate those difficult areas within your life.
Types of psychotherapy
There are a number of styles and approaches in psychotherapy:
Behavioral therapy helps clients to understand how changes in behavior can lead to changes in how they feel. It focuses on increasing the person’s engagement in positive or socially reinforcing activities.
The approach assesses what the client is doing, and then tries to increase the chance of having positive experiences.
The goal is for desirable behavior responses to replace undesirable ones.
Behavioral therapy can help people whose emotional distress stems from behaviors that they engage in.
Cognitive therapy starts with the idea that what we think shapes how we feel.
Depression, for example, may stem from having thoughts or beliefs that are not based on evidence, such as “I am useless,” or “Everything goes wrong because of me.”
Changing these beliefs can change a person’s view of events, and their emotional state.
Cognitive therapy looks at current thinking and communication patterns, rather than the past.
The therapist works with the client to confront and challenge inappropriate thoughts by encouraging different ways of viewing a situation.
Psychotherapy can involve movement, drama and music, can help people of any age, and can be done in groups, pairs, or one-on-one.
This approach focuses on interpersonal relationships.
Depression, for instance, may stem from a person’s relationship with others. Learning skills for improving communication patterns may help the client to manage the depression.
First, the therapist may help the client to identify relevant emotions, and where these are coming from. Then they can help them to express the emotions in a healthier way.
A family therapist looks at symptoms in the family context. Some conditions require the treatment of the family unit. An example is when a client has depression because of marital problems.
Cognitive therapy, behavioral therapy, and especially interpersonal therapy may help.
Identifying family patterns that contribute to behavior disorder or mental illness can help family members to break negative habits and patterns.
Often, family therapy focuses on improving communication within the family. Participants learn new ways of listening and how to ask and respond to questions openly rather than defensively.
Family therapy generally involves discussion and problem-solving sessions with the client and the family, as a group, in couples, or one-to-one.
A group therapy session usually involves 6-12 clients and one therapist. The participants have similar problems, and they benefit from the therapist, and by observing how others handle their issues and respond to feedback.
Getting feedback from other people with related problems can give a new perspective and help to facilitate improvement and change.
Group therapy can help those who may feel a sense of isolation because of their issue.
Although participating in a group may seem intimidating, it helps people to realize that they are not alone, and that others share the same problem. The sense of support is generally powerful and many participants in group therapy find the experience rewarding.
Hypnotherapy & Advanced Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy used to create subconscious change in a patient in the form of new responses, thoughts, attitudes, behaviors or feelings. Hypnotherapy uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a trance. The person’s attention is so focused while in this state that anything going on around the person is temporarily blocked out or ignored. In this naturally occurring state, a person may focus his or her attention — with the help of a trained therapist — on specific thoughts or tasks.
Advanced Hypnotherapy involves Age regression and past life regression.
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