Psychotherapy is a process focused on helping you heal and learn more constructive ways to deal with the 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 divorce.
Most 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. 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.
Often psychotherapy will help teach people about their disorder, too, and suggest additional coping mechanisms that the person may find more effective. It is most successful when the individual enters therapy on their own and has a strong desire to change. It is also best to keep an open mind while in psychotherapy, and be willing to try out new things that ordinarily you may not do. Psychotherapy is often about challenging one’s existing set of beliefs and often, one’s very self.
Types of Psychotherapy
Empirically Supported Theories
- Cognitive Behavioral Theory
- Cultural Sensitivity
- Motivational Interviewing
- Narrative Theory
- Psychoanalytical Theory
- Strategic Theory
- Strength Based Theory
- Structural Family Theory
- Solution Focused Theory
- Trauma Focused Theory
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