Psychotherapy will often provide treatment that is more long-term than counseling and address issues on a deeper level. This may include looking at long-standing patterns of behavior, talking about childhood causes of current problems, or an intensive attempt to understand and alter thinking, feeling or behavior patterns. People who might benefit from seeing a therapist include: someone dealing with a severe mental illness, such as depression or an anxiety disorder; someone who has experienced something traumatic, such as violence or rape; or someone who wants to improve and gain a deeper understanding of relationships in their lives.
The duty and function of a relationship counselor or couple's therapist is to listen, respect, understand and facilitate better functioning between those involved. The basic principles for a counselor include: Provide a confidential dialogue which normalizes feelings; to enable each person to be heard and to hear themselves; provide a mirror with expertise to reflect the relationship's difficulties and the potential and direction for change; empower the relationship to take control of its own destiny and make vital decisions; deliver relevant and appropriate information; changes the view of the relationship; and improve communication.
The role of psychotherapy in treating depression is to help the person develop good coping strategies for dealing with everyday stressors. Benefits to be gained from therapy in treating depression include helping reduce stress in your life; it can give you a new perspective on problems with family, friends, or co-workers; it can make it easier to stick to your medical treatment; you can use it to learn how to cope with side effects from depression medication; you learn ways to talk to other people about your condition; it helps catch early signs of clinical depression.
Anxiety is one of the most common reasons people seek therapy. Anxiety is defined as nervousness and an inability to relax. Some level of anxiety is normal in human beings; however, excessive anxiety can interfere with all areas of life and can take several forms, including phobias, obsessive-compulsions, and panic attacks, Post traumatic stress and is often associated with depression. Therapy approaches a person's anxiety with intense curiosity in an effort to help the person understand and heal the source of the anxiety. Through the process of focusing internally, a person can understand, unravel, and transform their anxiety.
By engaging in family therapy, many people have found ways to increase their communication skills and have learned how to increase the bond between members. Families seek the assistance of a therapist for many different reasons. For some, it is a major change to the family such as a divorce, for others, it is a persistent problem that the family is unable to resolve on its own. Family Therapy can help participants learn helpful problem solving and conflict resolution skills; express their needs in a safe/supportive environment; enhance family relationships; break negative patterns and cycles of relating; process divorce or separation; and address child discipline issues.
Having an eating disorder is a coping mechanism. It is maladaptive, but it does serve a purpose in your life. There’s a reason that people hold onto it and end up in treatment multiple times. However, the eating disorder is not a solution. It doesn’t make you in control, the problems you are ignoring don’t just disappear, but actually are put in a holding. I can work with you what the underlying issues are.
Facing the causes and consequences of alcoholism/addiction isn’t easy; in fact, therapy will test your motivation to stay sober. I consider alcoholism/addiction therapy to be a collaborative process that focuses on encouraging the client’s sense of internal motivation; teaching the client how to identify destructive behaviors and replace them with positive, self-affirming actions; educating clients on relapse prevention strategies; and strengthening relationships through partners or family counseling.
Anger is a natural part of life and a very important and healthy emotion when expressed appropriately. Anger is not only an emotion, but also a physical reaction in the body. Our blood pressures and heart rate rise as does the level of adrenaline in our body. Unfortunately, when expressed inappropriately, anger can impair our judgment and thinking, causing us to act irrationally or violently towards others. Anger management is a process of learning to recognize the signs that you are becoming angry and to take positive action to deal with the emotions brought on by a situation. Anger management therapy focuses on providing methods and tools for managing and expressing it appropriately.