Seeking help for a mental health issue is quite common. In fact, one-fifth of Americans seek out therapy each year. Avoiding treatment can put you at higher risk for losing a job, a relationship, or even experiencing early death. If you are considering individual therapy for a mental health issue, we have a wide array of options that can help, including psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, family therapy, and more.
In Psychotherapy, patient and doctor work together to uncover a patient’s strength and assets. As a team, they develop a set of coping mechanisms, too, that can help the patient in triggering scenarios. Psychotherapy forms the core of much of the mental health treatment that happens in the States.
Psychotherapy varies from patient to patient because it is most effective when it answers to a patient’s specific needs.
Types of Psychotherapy
We offer many different forms of psychotherapy at our clinic. The following are just some of the therapies available in mental health, along with a list of some of the disorders they treat:
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: anxiety, depression, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
- Interpersonal Therapy: depression, eating disorders, addiction
- Mentalization-Based Therapy: BPD
- Humanistic Therapy: anxiety and depression
- CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: mood, anxiety, and eating disorders
- Behavior or Exposure Therapy: phobias, OCD, and panic disorders
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy: bipolar disorder
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy: trauma-related disorders
Some patients can make better progress when they are involved in more than one type of therapy. Doctors may recommend that patients supplement their psychotherapy with medication or changes to their lifestyles.
Freud is the first thing people think of, oftentimes, when they hear “psychoanalysis.” This field has come very far since the time of Dr. Freud. Psychoanalysis has applications in many areas, but is especially useful in helping those who need to overcome deeply buried trauma from childhood or adolescence.
In psychoanalysis, the doctor and patient seek to uncover historical traumas and triggers that affect the patient today. With this information in hand, the doctor and patient can begin to restructure the patient’s life.
What Psychoanalysis Treats
Psychoanalysis is an ideal fit for anyone dealing with a chronic condition. Trauma in youth can lead to personality and mental health disorders that can last throughout someone’s life.
No patient should ever avoid receiving treatment because they think their trauma wasn’t “enough.” Multiple people can react to the same trigger in different ways, and it is not helpful to pass value judgments on situations like these. Working with a psychoanalyst is an objective and structured therapy that can help a wide range of patients.
Whether you are married, dating, or living together, you and your partner can benefit from couples therapy. Couples therapy uses psychotherapeutic techniques to address a couple’s dynamic in both individual and couple sessions.
Who Benefits from Couples Therapy
Any couple can benefit from couples therapy. It is a common misconception to think that only couples on the edge of a breakup need this form of therapy. Many perfectly healthy couples attend couples therapy so that they can proactively work on maintaining balance and happiness in their relationship.
Myths Around Couples Therapy
Sometimes one partner might resist couples therapy because they think the therapist may side against them. This would never be the case with a well-trained therapist. Therapists are trained to remain objective, and their goal is to provide a safe space in which everyone can be heard.
Like couples therapy, Family therapy works on the interpersonal dynamics that exist between those closely related. There is no limited concept of “family” when it comes to this therapy. A “family” can include a traditional nuclear family or an extended family. Sometimes even adult siblings come back to work on issues in family therapy. Any group that is closely related can benefit.
What Happens in Family Therapy Sessions
In the first appointment, the therapist takes the time to get to know everyone and gain some understanding of why they are there. The therapist may ask questions about the family’s history and their goals in coming to therapy. In cases where conflict is quite high, a therapist may provide tips and guidance in this first session.
Family therapy does not typically last as long as individual therapy, but it can take some time, running for several sessions over the course of several weeks.
Issues Addressed in Family Therapy
Families experiencing high conflict, divorce, or even a chronic illness often come to family therapy. This practice can also be beneficial for families dealing with addiction and often occurs in tandem with an individual’s addiction treatment. In counseling, families work on techniques to improve their family dynamic; they can also learn techniques for supporting one member of the family, if that person is dealing with addiction or a mental health issue.