What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a confidential communicative exchange between you and a trained clinician, who is an expert in the field of mind, emotions and its manifestations. The therapist is guided by a Code of Ethics which frames all contact and communication with the Client System (individuals). Sessions are non-judgmental and based on trust .
As a society we are going through major changes which affect each of us in different ways. The world affairs, our economy, job losses, the stresses of maintaining the multiple demands of family, relationships, work and financial pressures, coupled with a lack of leisure time, causes an extreme sense of powerlessness. These circumstances can lead to a feeling as if there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Psychotherapy’s purpose is to alleviate this type of feeling so that you are in complete control of your life, and will have the most comfortable and desirable lifestyle that you deserve.
When do I need counseling (mental help)?
Counseling should be considered when the symptoms interfere with your daily routines and negatively impact your quality of life. This means any changes in behavior or mood that lasts more than a period of two weeks. Symptoms may include: sadness (depression), feeling jittery for a long period of time (anxiety), lack of sleep or sleeping too much, feeling overwhelmed (stress), feeling confused, unable to make decision or think clearly, feelings of frustrations and anger, unexplained irritability, and/or rapid changes in mood (mood swings).
How can therapy help me?
Identifying that you need to speak with a professional takes self awareness, willingness to change and courage. Therapy can provide support, problem solving skills and coping strategies. Therapists can provide a different perspective on a problem and suggest potential solutions. After that, all you need is the determination and commitment to follow through in the process of becoming a healthier you.
What is therapy like?
Therapy is tailored to the individual and their needs. Sessions may include discussing your current concerns while we provide coping strategies and/or action steps to help you deal with any issues. In long-term therapy, more complex issues can be explored. The basic format of therapy can be individual (one- to-one), include multiple family members, or in group settings with unrelated members who have similar issues.
Is therapy confidential?
Although therapy is confidential, children who are age 14 and over are now required to sign information release forms. Therapists are required by law to report any abuse (child/ elderly, etc.) to the authorities. If suspicions arise that a client may do harm to themselves or someone else, the appropriate authorities must also be contacted.
What types of therapies exist?
There are many types of therapeutic styles and orientations. Systems therapy, for example, would include viewing a person from a holistic, all-inclusive point of view. This integrates the social, economic, political and cultural, as well as other elements in the natural environment into the therapy session for a complete and comprehensive treatment plan. There are other very specialized techniques, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), and NLP (neuro linguistic programming) that can be utilized as needed. For further information, please refer to: http://www.goodtherapy.org/types-of-therapy.html#
Will I need medication?
Not all treatments require medication, however, a combination of therapy and medication can at times prove to be a very effective avenue to take. While alleviating the symptoms is important, psychotherapy allows you to access the root of your issues and behavior patterns while offering techniques to manage and resolve them.