Various people face different diseases, conditions, and illnesses throughout the world. Some are lucky enough to catch their symptoms early on, while others are able to survive through the ordeal through numerous surgeries or treatments.
One of the most difficult problems that people have to deal with is mental illness. It’s something that is very hard to catch, difficult to come to terms with and is a struggle to prevent or treat. What’s sad is that so many persons all over the world don’t think that they can be treated for their mental issues. It is imperative to know that your mental problem is real. It is like any other disease, with signs and symptoms, and different types of treatments. One of these treatment options is psychotherapy.
What exactly is psychotherapy?
According to the Canadian Psychiatric Association, psychotherapy helps individuals with a wide variety of mental diseases and emotional problems. It can control and deal with any symptoms of mental illness so a person can feel better both mentally and physically in their family life. Issues that are relieved with psychotherapy include:
- Problems in handling day-to-day life
- The effects of mental or physical trauma
- Loss of a loved one or illness
- Anxiety and Depression
The different areas of specialities that come under psychotherapy
Psychotherapy can deal with numerous mental problems and conditions, whether they be emotional, chemical, spiritual, social or financial. Some of the common speciality are:
Mental Health and Trauma
Severe mental illnesses and conditions can be well managed and treated with different types of psychotherapy. These include
- Personality disorders like multiple personality disorder, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Substance abuse
- Eating disorders
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Panic disorder
- Postpartum depression
Psychotherapy can be taken in combination with medications and other therapies for these mental illnesses and disorders
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
According to the National Center for PTSD, PTSD is a mental issue that certain folks develop after going through or witnessing a life-threatening situation like war, natural disasters, vehicle accident, or sexual assault. There are numerous ways to handle PTSD with psychotherapy, including:
- Exposure/Cognitive Processing Therapies so that people can talk through their trauma repeatedly until the event is no longer triggering
- Reprocessing memories and incidents by accessing memory using pictures, thoughts, emotions and body sensations to navigate through their unresolved trauma
- Somatic Therapies that make use of the body to deal with trauma
A study published by the Canadian Medical Association Journal states that more than one-third of Canadians have gone through some form of child abuse in their lives and that abuse is strongly associated with mental disorders like attention deficit disorder, suicidal thoughts, and suicidal tendencies.
Child abuse victims, whether young or old, can benefit from different types of psychotherapy including:
- Art therapy which allows victims to use paints and materials to draw and visualize their emotions and experiences to deal with the trauma and related mental symptoms
- Talk therapy to allow open speaking and verbal communication for mental awareness and relief
- Hypnotherapy for traumatic cases where experiences are hard to deal with or victims are not cooperative in lucid states.
Domestic violence usually occurs in relationships filled with emotional abuse and controlling personalities and can leave both victims and abusers dealing with a wide range of mental issues and conditions along with the physical repercussions.
While counseling for partners in a violent relationship is frowned upon, therapy can help survivors of domestic violence deal with their trauma. Psychotherapy can guide victims back towards a routine of health and healing, using treatments like:
- Cognitive therapy
- Behavioral therapy
- Group/Family counseling
According to Good Therapy, anger management therapy is a psychotherapeutic option that helps people with mild to severe anger issues, along with the people within their social circle. Uncontrollable rage can lead to dangerous mental and physical problems, so anger management deals with minimizing and controlling anger.
According to a study done by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, individuals that undergo family or couples counseling show higher levels of patient satisfaction. Couple counseling is a well-known type of psychotherapy that is popular worldwide and has proven to be successful for many years.
Pillars of Wellness gets you in touch with some of the best couple’s counselors for treatment, so make sure to get the relevant information.
A common misconception is that life coaching is similar to psychotherapy. The only real difference that comes down between the two is that life coaching does not involve a certified mental health care professional, which can make all the difference for people depending on the treatment they want.
Loss and Grief
Bereavement and grief encompass a range of feelings from deep sadness to anger. Several folks can also develop related mental and physical issues including broken heart syndrome, depression, and anxiety. Grief counseling offers people an outlet for their emotions so that they can return to a healthy way of living.
Benefits of Psychotherapy
You can gain a number of benefits with psychotherapy, including:
- Reduced stress
- New perspectives on various metal and social problems
- Management and elimination of mental and medical side effects
- Open communication
- Mental and physical illness prevention
- The numerous assessment and treatment services
The types and assessment and treatment services you can avail include:
- Couples therapy
- Talk therapy
- Art therapy
- Cognitive therapy
- Grief counseling
- Family / marriage counseling
Psychotherapy and the road to recovery
Victoria Marie Goulding faced stress and anxiety every day. She couldn’t deal with the feeling of suffocation and helplessness, so she decided to go see a psychotherapist for some much-needed counseling. Over the next few months, Victoria would see her therapist once a week and gradually began opening up and finding solutions to her problems, until she was finally left with a feeling of positivity and confidence in her daily life.
If you wish to receive more information and/or make an appointment to feel better both physically and mentally, please contact us. You can also meet with Linda Jeffries for a free 15min consultation, either over the phone or in-person. Linda comes with over 20 years of experience in counselling as a registered social worker and psychotherapist. Under RSW, most health insurance will cover the fees. We are conveniently located in Burlington, Aldershot.
Counseling (private) Prices
Free 15 min consultation
Counseling Assessment (60 min) = $135
Follow-up treatment (60 min) = $135
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