What is Psychotherapy and How It Works?

What is Psychotherapy and How It Works?

Dec 3, 2019 | Psychology, Psychotherapy

Introducing Psychotherapy:

Psychotherapy refers to a range of treatments that can help with mental health problems, emotional challenges, and some psychiatric disorders. Psychotherapy can also be defined as the treatment of mental disorder by psychological rather than medical means. It aims to enable patients, or clients, to understand their feelings, and what makes them feel positive, anxious, or depressed. This can equip them to cope with difficult situations they are facing in a more adaptive way. Psychotherapy can provide solution to any mental health issue in the world. Meditation, part of psychotherapy plays a big role in treating bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Working of Psychotherapy:

Psychotherapy is also popular as “talking treatment” as it involves a lot of healthy communication and conversation rather than medication. Forms of psychotherapy depend upon the patient he/she is suffering from. Some psychotherapy treatments lasts for few sessions while others last long like months, years depending upon the patient’s response. Sessions are usually for an hour, once a week and they follow a carefully structured process.

Sessions can include one to one conversation, in pairs, or in groups. Drama, narrative story, music are some of the forms of communication techniques used in sessions. Person treating mental health patients or conducting psychotherapy sessions is known as Psychotherapist. A psychotherapist may be a psychologist, a marriage and family therapist, a licensed clinical social worker or mental health counselor, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, psychoanalyst, or psychiatrist.

Common Symptoms of a person needing Psychotherapy:

  1. A person who has lost every sort of hope in life, going through overwhelming feelings of sadness or helplessness.
  2. Person who is unable to tackle day to day problems.
  3. An individual who is highly addicted to drugs, alcohol or any other addictive substances, or being aggressive every now and then without any reason.
  4. An individual having sense or feeling that problem never improve, despite receiving help from friends and family.
  5. Constant unnecessary feeling of worrying or something unfortunate or evil is going to happen.
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