What is psychotherapy and what are the benefits?
Psychotherapy aids the individual in understanding what helps them alleviate distress. This is done through relationship building and talk therapy. If people can identify their feelings they can cope effectively during difficult situations. Psychotherapy strives to help individuals live happier, healthier lives.
Treatment can last from a few sessions, a few months or years depending on goals and benefits the individual achieves. There are different kinds of psychotherapy however, a very effective one is known as Cognitive Behavioral therapy or CBT which is a type of psychotherapy that involves using cognitive and behavioral techniques to change negative thoughts and behaviors.
There are multiple degrees and titles a person may have to be qualified to do psychotherapy. These include; psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors, psychiatrists, and psychiatric nurse practitioners/advanced psychiatric nurses. Due to the nature of personal issues discussed in therapy, psychotherapists have a legal obligation to protect patients confidentiality.
"The National Institute of Mental Health states that more than a quarter of American adults experience depression, anxiety, or another mental disorder in any given year".
Other issues people need help with include; coping with illness, weight loss, relationship troubles, quitting smoking, job loss, stress, substance abuse...these are just some of the difficult topics that may arise.
Signs you can benefit from therapy:
- You feel overwhelmed
- You want to make changes in your life
- You feel a sense of helplessness and sadness
- You find it difficult to concentrate
- You worry excessively
Many insurance plans cover psychotherapy and it is listed under outpatient mental health benefits.
Ask your insurance provider what your benefits are; copay, deductible, and number of sessions so that you understand what is covered. This can also help in choosing a provider however, the most important thing is that you feel comfortable with the person you choose to work with.
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