What professionals do psychological therapy?

What professionals do psychological therapy?

Is psychological treatment the same as psychotherapy? What is psychological therapy? Does it always work for everyone? What will psychological treatment cost me? What if I do psychological treatment and, over time, I return to the same issues or new ones?

These are some of the questions we ask ourselves when we begin to assess who and what could help us get out of some emotional or behavioral situation that causes us anxiety, sadness, apathy, or other symptoms related to the psyche.

This guide on Psychological Therapy will solve all the doubts you may have about psychological therapy: meaning, benefits, types, professionals, prices, frequencies, guarantees, duration.

When we speak of psychological therapy or psychotherapy (which are synonyms), we refer to a professional relationship between psychologist and client (or patient).

Through interventions based on psychological concepts and theories, psychologists help people understand and change their thinking, behavior, and relationships to relieve distress and improve functioning.

 You can receive psychological treatment in an individual, couple, family session, as part of a group, or online.

What is a Psychological Therapy?

Through conversation and together with professional support, the objective is to recognize and understand (to be later able to modify) the vital issues that lead you to sadness, anger, abandonment, addiction, and apathy.

Frequently, the conversation is directed to a specific topic, which is worked on in-depth if the professional considers it an essential matter in the patient’s current life.

An example of psychological therapy

For example, recently, I had a young man in his 30s in the psychology center who said that he felt apathetic and lacked the motivation to do things that made him feel good months ago. We saw that several personal situations that he was experiencing at that time had led him to this state of self-abandonment, despite being an ordinarily positive person.

At that time, he was without a job, with very little income, with a 15-month-old baby, living at his in-laws’ house, with college exams, a suicide attempt by a very close relative of whom he felt a little guilty because he said that he had been neglected. Come on, a complicated situation for anyone.

Through the conversation and exercises where he was required to be more aware of what he had experienced and felt, the boy reached a place, a memory where, no matter what he did, he could not do anything to defend himself against what he had experienced. It happened to him, and he learned to “hold on” and disconnect to suffer as little as possible.

This boy, who was 28 years old at the time, had been bullied for six years, from 7 to 13 years old.

Summarizing the case: the adverse situation in his life had blocked him, he did not know what to do, and the days passed, and he was increasingly depressed, just like what happened to him in his school years, with bullying.

We worked on the possibility of being able to defend himself, of devising and building ways to solve the difficulties that had piled up for him at that moment in his life. He was no longer a child. He was a man, a father, a husband, a nurse by profession with many capacities.

By understanding, he could see and build a way out of that personal crisis.

In this case, as in most, the psychological treatment consisted of the patient talking about his thoughts with a professional to:

  • Better understand your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
  • reduce your symptoms
  • build strategies
  • Improve your quality of life

Why go to psychological therapy? When do I know that I need to start doing the psychological treatment?

The most obvious sign is when you start to feel bad, and it is not something temporary, that is: you do not want to work, go out, think, talk. When you have trouble sleeping, sleep a lot, or eat little or a lot, when you abandon yourself, you stop enjoying things that you used to enjoy before.

Psychotherapy or medication. Is measurement not enough?

Social security in our country offers basic coverage related to mental health. There are few psychologists and psychiatrists who have jobs and cannot spend much time listening to patients.

In the end, this translates into family doctors prescribing antidepressants and anxiolytics to relieve their patients’ emotional pain.

But it is not the solution, or rather, it rarely solves the problem.

It numbs, muffles, or postpones it, but the patient does not know, does not give himself the space and time to go deeper, with a professional guide, to discover what is happening to him.

It has been proven that the best result to recover from a personal emotional crisis is the combination of medication and psychotherapy.

Conclusion: when you visit a center for psychology, psychotherapy, or clinical psychological therapy for the first time, ask and be well informed about what type of therapy they do and what training, experience, and methodology the people who work in it have.

What professionals do psychological therapy?

Ask any question you need to stay calm about the professional with whom you will start your path of self-knowledge.

Only people who have graduated in Psychology or have completed a Psychology Degree at a university can offer psychotherapy sessions.

Today there is little control and many psychotherapies that do not have a guaranteed basis, such as training received at the university. Unfortunately, any unqualified person can work as a therapist and open a “psychological therapy” center. Yes, that happens.

Any practice that can delve into a person’s behavioral and behavioral self-analysis can improve emotional health and, ultimately, their relationship with themselves and others.

From my point of view and experience, the problem is that these therapists are not fully qualified. They lack knowledge. They have excellent intentions (the majority), but they lack knowledge about mental disorders, treatment, and knowledge in psychopharmacology.

Does psychological therapy work?

Usually yes: going to therapy improves personal self-knowledge. You delve into yourself, how you are and what are the things that make you unhappy.

The vision you had about yourself expands, and attention sharpens. Something appears that perhaps you had not detected existed: consciousness.

Resistance to psychotherapy.

When we started with a psychologist, we hesitated to continue therapy.

With resistance, I mean those issues that appear during treatment and preventive therapy from being carried out.

They are often subtle, very unconscious. They are the following:

① Not finding the time to go to psychological therapy among dozens of daily obligations.

② Interrupt it when one begins to feel better. There is no contract of permanence in therapy, but it is better to go to the end of the matter.

③ The fear of going into past issues caused much damage and did not want to be revived. In this case, therapy does not force anything. Suggests, points out, values, but does not force anyone to do or talk about something they do not want.

④ The money. Sometimes, one begins to make accounts and sees that a lot of money is going to be dedicated to the sessions with the psychologist.

Doing psychological therapy is an investment. It is time you need to stop and SEE what is happening in your life. Realize that it has led you to enter into a dynamic routine that makes you feel bad.

The duration of treatment does not have a fixed standard. That is, it is not known. A minimum time can be predicted since a person’s life is not set in 6 weeks, for example.

By aamritri

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