What is Therapy?
The definition of therapy is a treatment intended to relieve or heal a disorder.
What is the purpose of Therapy?
The primary purpose of therapy is to help treat personal challenges and learn how to best live with or overcome illnesses and disorders that may affect a person’s daily life. There are many mental health illnesses that people can overcome through therapy, but it is important to seek out help from a professional
Before someone seeks out therapy, they should think about what they want to get out of it. As with most meetings, whether it be personal or business related, it is important to understand your goals and objectives before meeting. This not only gives the therapists direction, it also makes the best use of time for the patient.
Benefits of Therapy
Throughout life, the majority of people experience a number of situations and events in which they have a hard time managing their feelings. There aren’t many people that go through life without at least a few hard times that challenge a person’s psyche. Below is a list of common reasons to seek therapy.
- Trouble managing stress
- Health Issues
- Spiritual Issues
- Family Issues
- Relationship Issues
- Substance Abuse Problems
Types of Therapy
Therapy comes in all shapes and forms. There is no one pill or one type of therapy for all mental illnesses and disorders, which leads to various ways to treat different types of disorders. Below are some of the common types of therapy that help treat the different mental illnesses and disorders.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – CBT has two main elements, cognitive and behavioral. The cognitive side works to develop positive beliefs of a person’s life. The behavioral side works to discontinue previous detrimental behaviors and turn them into positive behaviors. CBT is used for a number of mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) – DBT is a form of therapy that was developed to treat suicidal tendencies with borderline personality disorder. Over the years, the form of therapy has expanded into other mental health problems such as PTSD, eating disorders, and depression. This form of therapy is accomplished through accepting uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, and behaviors rather than struggling to fight them. After acceptance, DBT practices how to best live with specific feelings and thoughts. This form of therapy also helps change harmful behaviors that negatively affect a person’s life.
Individual Therapy – Individual therapy, often called counseling or psychotherapy, is a type of therapy that involves a patient and a licensed or trained therapist. Individual therapy generally takes place in the private office of a trained therapist, but it can also take place in a hospital, mental health facility, place of work, school, over the phone, and even chat or video conferencing in some cases with the advancement of technology. In therapy, it is important that the patient feel safe, secure, and know what they say is confidential. Without truly letting one’s guard down, most therapists will have trouble getting to the root of the cause.
Group Therapy – Group therapy is when two or more people participate in a therapy session with one or more trained therapist at the same time. On a broad scale, group therapy can apply to a range personal disorders and problems including but not limited to eating disorders, anger management, and substance abuse. Group therapy can take place in professional settings, places of worship, peoples’ homes, and even public places such as a local recreation center.
Family Focused Therapy – Family therapy can be helpful for many families because a patients’ family members are often times the people who can and will help aid the person back to recovery. Family therapy can be helpful in any situation that causes conflict, stress, anger, or grief.
Marital/Couples Therapy – Couples therapy is typically more focused on the current day to day problems and is designed to focus on managing situations and feelings. An effective marital and couples therapist can help in how the relationship between two people is viewed, modify dysfunctional behaviors, decrease emotional avoidance, improve communication, and focus on both problems and strengths of the relationship.
Recreational Therapy– Recreational therapy aims to help an individual regain independence from illnesses, disabilities or other conditions through the combination of therapy and leisurely activities. Our therapists will work with patients on their confidence, social skills, and cognitive function, providing them with the tools they need to improve health and well being.
How long does Therapy Take?
According to a study in the American Journal of Psychiatry, the average number of therapy visits for a specific treatment ranges between 3-10 visits. 1 in 9 people had more than 20 therapy sessions for treatment.
Factors that attribute to length of therapy include insurance contribution, personal finances, work schedules, type of disorders or problems being treated, and the goals of the patient.
Is therapy the best solution for help?
Therapy is usually the best option to overcoming personal illnesses, fears, and phobias. When therapy is not enough, a combination of therapy and prescribed medication can help.