Can Having A Session With A Psychologist Help Me? 

Psychotherapy experts have a unique skill set they are willing to share, to enable you to move on from past mistakes, enabling you to experience positive personal change now.

As the title psychologist implies, ‘psycho’ is related to mental health and emotions, with ‘therapy’ related to the treatment aspect. Psychotherapy is a technique used to treat issues related to an individual's emotional and mental health. It is also called talk therapy because it uses a communicative approach to discuss problems and understand emotions of the affected party in order to deal with present and future challenges.

 

It is very much like counselling; even the two entities may overlap. However, psychotherapy is concerned with looking more deeply into the root cause of the problem to nip difficulties in the bud. A person will accept the treatment and  may choose to change as the therapist suggests, where experienced therapists play a vital role in determining the success of such psychotherapy treatment. 

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How Does Psychotherapy Work?


Three factors can play a role in determining the success of psychotherapy treatments, and these are:

 

  • Evidence-based treatment that best suits your problem 

  • The clinical experience of a psychologist

  • Your own characteristics, preferences, values, ethics and appreciation of culture 


When people start taking this treatment, they feel that perfection is an impossible task; and it is. The use of psychotherapy helps those who undertake this treatment understand that they can improve themselves and their mental condition. This can ultimately improve their behaviour, bring about good bonds in their respective relationships, result in better performance at work, trigger positive thinking and action, and improve physical health among many other actions. 


However, this all depends on your own will to get better and the relationship you are able to create between you and your psychologist. Now, there arises a question, who can be a psychotherapist?

 

They may be a:

 

  • Psychologist 

  • Family therapist 

  • Psychiatrist 

  • Psychiatric practitioner 

  • Clinical social worker 

  • A licensed professional counsellor 

  • Psychoanalyst 

  • Mental health counsellor 

  • Or Other...


How Can A Psychotherapist Help?


You must be thinking about the sort of circumstances under which you may decide to seek help from a psychotherapist. Psychotherapists can help you when you feel low self-esteem, depression, addiction, bereavement, alongside any other conditions that you feel bring about a drop in your personal confidence.

 

A psychotherapist can also help people suffering from mental disorders like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, memory loss, and other similar conditions. However, people suffering from these symptoms rarely visit psychotherapists, and end up aggravating their problems, leading to ineffective measures being taken that bring about no benefits whatsoever. 


Who Can Get The Benefit?

A psychotherapist can help people who experience a wide range of problems. This includes people who:

 

  • Feel sad and or feel a sense of helplessness

  • Feel anxious for no apparent reason

  • Experience difficulty in tackling everyday issues

  • Consume alcohol and/or drugs in an unhealthy way

  • Feel inclined to cause harm to others 

  • Feel as though they can never get better 

  • Experience problems with mental health like schizophrenia and the like

  • Are a victim of an abusive situation

  • & much, much more…


Some people directly go to a psychotherapist. However, many others wait to go to such an experienced professional after recommendations from a doctor. 


Take the initiative and reach out to one of the clinical, cognitive or psychological specialists, therapists that we host here on site!


Session Techniques 


Many different techniques are adopted in therapy sessions. This depends upon the type of problem. Some last for a few sessions including the use of various psychotherapy approaches, and some continue for months and even years. It all depends upon the need of an individual.

 

Usually, a session lasts from 45 minutes to 90 minutes. 


The sessions may be group sessions or two-person and the technique might be talking, storytelling, or take some other form. Some of the most common and also specific types of therapy include:

 

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy 

  • General clinical therapy

  • Interpersonal therapy 

  • Psychodynamic therapy 

  • Family therapy 

  • Relationship therapy

  • Group therapy 

  • Online therapy 

  • Animal-assisted therapy

  • Creative arts therapy

  • Play therapy

Let's outline these techniques and the benefit that they can provide. 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)


This treatment allows a person to understand what thoughts trigger them to think and act in a particular way and such a session may allow action to change those thoughts. CBT can provide help to you if you are suffering from any condition discussed below, among others: 

 

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Eating disorders

  • Low Self-confidence 

  • Post-traumatic stress 

Interpersonal Therapy


This therapy allows an individual to learn new techniques of communicating with others and express their feelings. Interpersonal treatment helps one to build healthy bonding in any relationship. This helps the individual adopt a constructive approach by understanding their behaviour in response to others, leading to favourable relationship circumstances. It helps recognise destructive behaviour and helps adopt a positive attitude in a similar vain to stop the relationship from getting worse. So, in essence, it can dramatically help people who face problems in interpersonal relationships.

Psychodynamic Therapy


If there is any incident that has taken place in the past, or any childhood memory that still haunts you, and exerts a negative impact on your behaviour, this may ultimately disturb the current life that you are able to lead.  In such a case you need to get psychodynamic therapy. Often, an individual does not know that this negative influence on their attitude is because of some past event and hence are not able to overcome these difficulties without speaking to a psychology specialist.


By just identifying the event from the past that triggers that specific response, one can understand the reason behind the anxiety. Identification of the source of distress eases the treatment process for the psychotherapist. It also helps the individual to feel more confident about his life. 


This therapy is particularly required when someone feels that their family bonding is at stake and have a want to maintain healthy relationships. This therapy is often directed by:

 

  • Parents 

  • Youngsters

  • Couples


Family therapy helps to improve cohesion and parenting skills. It promotes a positive attitude towards other family members and improves one’s general ability to live a positive lifestyle. 

Relationship Therapy 


This therapy is very much like family/psychodynamic therapy. The difference mainly lies in how people seek help to sort out their partner's issues in relationship therapy. This therapy may include both family and relationship consultations within the session. 

Group Therapy

 
Group therapy usually involves one therapist and a group of individuals. Those requiring help often have similar problems, for example: 

 

  • Stress 

  • Depression 

  • Misuse of substance 

  • Chronic pain


This therapy may happen once or twice a week, and the session duration usually is 60 minutes. If any individual with these problems doesn't want to attend group therapy, they can also experience one-to-one sessions with the therapist if this makes them more comfortable. 


However, in group therapy, people also benefit from the interaction with one another, as group members have an intrinsic ability to understand and support each other. 

Online Therapy


Many people are turning to online therapy due to the current pandemic situation we face that has been created by the coronavirus, commonly known as COVID-19. The benefits of online treatment include those who want:

 

  • No mobility problem 

  • The ability to contact any suitable therapist from around the globe
  • The ability to adjust respective schedules, to fit both participants best 
  • The ability to feel more comfortable than when experiencing such a face-to-face interaction in normal times


If you want psychotherapeutic help, please talk with our experts. You can send a booking request and/or ask for a free discovery call in a matter of minutes!