Treating mental-health issues takes a wide range of psychiatric and counseling techniques. One of the most vital of the tools we use at HopeSpring Health is psychotherapy.
While it may sound a little intimidating, psychotherapy, often referred to as talk therapy, is just that. It is a general term for treating mental-health problems by talking with a psychiatrist, psychologist, psychiatric nurse practitioner or another mental-health practitioner.
There are several types of psychotherapy. They include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is designed to help patients recognize unhealthy, negative beliefs and behaviors, so they can be replaced with healthier positive behaviors.
- Dialectical behavior therapy is a type of CBT that teaches behavioral skills to help patients deal with stress, manage emotions and improve interpersonal relationships.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy is a method that helps patients recognize, acknowledge and accept thoughts and feelings in order to make changes, and enhance a person’s ability to deal with and adjust to situations.
- Interpersonal psychotherapy focuses on considering and dealing with problems in a person’s existing relationships with other people in order to improve interpersonal skills.
- Supportive psychotherapy strengthens one’s ability to deal with stress and difficult situations.
During a psychotherapy session, we will ask and encourage you to talk about thoughts, feelings and what may be going on in your life that is troubling you. Because of the nature of these discussions, a patient may find themselves crying or upset. You may even feel physically tired after a session. Don’t worry. That’s natural. We’re here to help you through it all.
The bottom line is psychotherapy can help you deal with the challenges of life, whether you have been diagnosed with a mental illness or simply need a little help dealing with challenging issues.
The ultimate goal is that you are better equipped to deal with major life challenges, physical health issues, relationship conflicts, and you may even find yourself sleeping better.