If you’re dealing with severe or long-term stress, experiencing changes to your daily emotions or habits, or you are diagnosed with a mental illness, know that you are not alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly a quarter of adults in the United States of America experience anxiety, depression, or other mental health disorders in any given year. Others may need help coping with significant life changes, severe or long-term stress, grief, the loss of a job, relationship problems, substance use disorder, intrusive thoughts, or other issues.
When these events occur, they can often become debilitating. Our behavioral health center at Buprenorphine Treatment Centers, Inc employs licensed psychotherapists, psychiatrists, and behavioral health specialists that can help you work through any problems you may be experiencing. Our team treats an encompassing range of different conditions with a comprehensive selection of treatment options individualized to the unique needs of each of our patients. Contact us today to schedule a psychotherapy appointment.
What Is Psychotherapy?
Sometimes referred to as “talk therapy,” psychotherapy is a therapeutic approach that can help patients with a broad variety of mental health disorders and emotional difficulties. Psychotherapy can help patients eliminate or control troubling symptoms, helping patients achieve higher functionality in their daily lives and increasing well-being and healing. Psychotherapy is sometimes called talk therapy as it’s based on conversations a patient has with a trained and licensed psychiatrist, psychotherapist, counselor, or therapist. In a comfortable, confidential setting, whether it’s in our behavioral health care center or via telehealth, the patient and therapist discuss aspects of the patient’s life they seek to improve.
Talking with the therapist is an avenue to discuss a large array of experiences and topics, such as a patient’s personal history, emotions, relationships, thought patterns, behaviors, habits, goals, and obstacles. Psychotherapy aims to help patients understand their feelings and actions and equip them to face new challenges, both now and in the future. Psychotherapy can help patients suffering from depression, low self-esteem, addiction, bereavement, or other factors that leave them feeling overwhelmed. Psychotherapy can also be used to treat bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and anxiety, among other mental health conditions. Psychotherapy is often combined with medication management and medication-assisted treatment in order to help patients optimize their results.
The field of psychotherapy is constantly evolving. Today, mental health therapy practice can be performed either online or in person. There are also a variety of different psychotherapies to choose from in order to best individualize the therapeutic approach to each patient’s specific needs. The different types of psychotherapy techniques can include group therapy, behavior therapy, cognitive therapy, humanistic therapy, and holistic therapy.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The primary goal of cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is to identify and modify patterns a patient has that may be harmful or unhelpful to them. By identifying these patterns and behaviors, the patient and their behavioral health specialist work together to create patterns that are more effective and helpful to them. This type of psychotherapy may be beneficial to patients who struggle with depression, anxiety, and trauma-based disorders or conditions. CBT may also be beneficial for those struggling with addiction and may be combined with medication, such as buprenorphine treatment, Subutex®, or Suboxone®.
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
Interpersonal psychotherapy, or IPT, is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on helping patients with underlying issues that affect their social, professional, or personal life. In some cases, these underlying problems can be rooted in or related to unresolved grief, sudden shifts in everyday life, or even conflicts that arise with loved ones and peers. The goal of IPT is for the patient to form and strengthen healthy communication skills and learn the most beneficial ways to relate them to resolving other burdens and conflicts. IPT is among the most commonly used therapy techniques or methods in treating conditions such as depression.
Psychodynamic therapy is a therapeutic psych care technique used to draw on past events, such as from a patient’s childhood, to determine how these events and experiences might influence negative behaviors or thought patterns the patient exhibits in both their physical and mental health. Through psychoanalysis, patients work with their therapist to increase their sense of self-awareness with regard to these patterns and change them. The goal of psychodynamic therapy is for the patient to release the influence of their past and reclaim control over their current life. This can help patients feel more in control over their lives.
Supportive psychotherapy is a psychotherapeutic technique that reinforces a patient’s ability to cope with stress and difficult situations. This psychotherapy technique uses direct measures to quell symptoms and to maintain, restore, and improve self-esteem, ego functions, and adaptive skills. Supportive psychotherapy focuses on developing adaptive capacities that take into account the patient’s limitations, such as personality issues, inherent ability, and issues associated with life circumstances. The goal of this form of therapy is to preserve the client’s voice, authority, and agency.
Who Can Benefit From Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is most effective when patients are open to sharing their thoughts and feelings with their providers. Yet, the most important thing to remember is that psychotherapy requires time to take effect. For patients, forming trust and bonds with their therapist takes time, and changing the thoughts and behaviors that aren’t beneficial is a gradual process. Psychotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of mental health conditions and behavioral issues, including the following. Contact Buprenorphine Treatment Centers, Inc to find out how you can benefit from our psychotherapy services.
- Mental Health Disorders
- Substance Use Disorders
- Eating Disorders
- Trauma Recovery
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Grief & Loss
- Relationship Issues
- Low Self-Esteem
- Significant Life Transitions
Types Of Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy can take different formats depending on the niche of the therapist as well as the needs of the patient. The different formats or types of psychotherapy include the following. Call Buprenorphine Treatment Centers, Inc today to schedule your appointment for psychotherapy treatments.
- Individual Therapy. Individual therapy involves working one-on-one with a psychotherapist. The patient and therapist form a gradual bond and trust.
- Couples’ Therapy. Couples’ therapy involves working with a therapist as a couple. This can improve how each partner functions in the relationship.
- Family Therapy. Family therapy centers on improving the dynamic and communication within families. It can include multiple individuals within the family unit.
- Group Therapy. Group therapy involves a small group of people who share a common goal. This allows members of the group to support each other and practice new behaviors in an encouraging environment.