What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy, which is sometimes known as talk therapy, has been proven to help break the mental health stigma for people to obtain treatment for a variety of emotional and mental challenges. Psychotherapy can be provided by several different types of professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed social workers, and others with specialized training in psychotherapy. Psychiatrists are also trained medical doctors and can prescribe medication.

Conditions that can be helped by psychotherapy include coping with stressful life events, workplace related stress, trauma and specific mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety. Psychotherapy may be used in combination with medication or other therapies.

Therapy Sessions

Psychotherapy sessions can be short-term (a few weeks to months), dealing with more immediate challenges, or long-term (months to years), dealing with longstanding and complex issues. The goals of treatment and duration and frequency of treatment are discussed by the client and therapist together.

In Touch brings together the benefits of psychotherapy and technology allowing you to have your sessions virtually in your space.

Confidentiality is a cornerstone of psychotherapy. Therapists cannot disclose anything from your sessions to a third party without your written authorization.

Psychotherapy and Holistic Treatment

Your In Touch team will take a holistic approach to your treatment. Healthy lifestyle improvements, such as nutrition, regular exercise and adequate sleep, can be valuable in supporting recovery and overall wellness together with psychotherapy.

Frequently Ask Questions

Does Psychotherapy Work?

Research shows that most people who receive psychotherapy experience symptom relief and are better able to function in their lives. Psychotherapy has been shown to improve emotional and psychological well-being and is linked with positive changes in the brain and body. The benefits also include fewer sick days, less disability, fewer medical problems, and increased work satisfaction.

With the use of brain imaging techniques researchers have been able to see changes in the brain after a person has undergone psychotherapy. Numerous studies have identified brain changes in people with mental illness (including depression, panic disorder, PTSD, and other conditions) as a result of undergoing psychotherapy. In most cases, the brain changes resulting from psychotherapy were similar to changes resulting from medication.

Psychiatrists and other mental health professionals use several types of therapy. The choice of therapy type depends on the client’s particular illness and circumstances and his/her preference. Psychiatrists and other clinicians may combine elements from different approaches to best meet the needs of the person receiving treatment.

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy(CBT) helps people identify and change thinking and behavioral patterns that are unhealthy or ineffective, replacing them with more accurate thoughts and functional behaviors. It can help a person focus better on current problems and how to solve them. It often involves practicing new skills in the “real world.” CBT can be helpful in treating a variety of disorders, including depression, anxiety, trauma-related disorders, and eating disorders. For example, CBT can help a person with depression recognize and change unhelpful or maladaptive thought patterns or behaviors that are contributing to the depression.
  • Interpersonal therapy (IPT) is a short-term form of treatment. It helps clients understand underlying interpersonal issues that are troublesome, like unresolved grief, changes in social or work roles, conflicts with significant others, and problems relating to others. It can help people learn healthy ways to express emotions and ways to improve communication and how they relate to others. It is most often used to treat depression.
  • Dialectical behavior therapy is a specific type of CBT that helps more effectively regulate emotions. It is often used to treat people with chronic suicidal thoughts and people with borderline personality disorder, eating disorders, and PTSD. It teaches new skills to help people take personal responsibility to change unhealthy or disruptive behavior. It involves both individual and group therapy.
  • Psychodynamic therapy is based on the idea that behavior and mental well-being are rooted in childhood and past experiences and involves bringing to conscious awareness feelings that might be unconscious (outside a person’s awareness). A person works with the therapist to improve self-awareness and to change deep-seated patterns so that they can more fully take charge of their life.
  • Psychoanalysis is a more intensive form of psychodynamic therapy. Sessions are typically conducted three or more times a week.
  • Supportive therapy uses guidance and encouragement to help clients develop their own resources. It helps build self-esteem, reduce anxiety, strengthen coping mechanisms, and improve social and community functioning. Supportive psychotherapy helps clients deal with issues related to their mental health conditions which in turn affect the rest of their lives.
  • Animal-assisted therapy– working with dogs, horses, or other animals to bring comfort, help with communication, and help cope with trauma.
  • Creative arts therapy– use of art, dance, drama, music, and poetry therapies.
  • Play therapy– to help children identify and talk about their emotions and feelings.