Psychotherapy often referred to as “talking therapy,” this involves the client meeting with the therapist individually. The individual therapy focuses on the client’s concerns with a plan developed between the therapist and client. Goals are established with specific outcomes determined. Depending on the concerns there can be as few as one session or as many as is needed to reach the desired outcomes.
There is an enormous range of concerns that people will seek individual psychotherapy to resolve. Situations that develop into depression and anxiety are common areas. For children, extreme restlessness and distractibility can be indicators of Attention Deficit Disorder. Most physicians are now familiar with the more up to date independent research studies which are clearly indicating that psychotropic medications for depression, anxiety and ADHD are not the first treatment of choice. Psychotherapy is far more effective than the medications. Although in some cases medications may be helpful or complementary to the individual therapy.
Psychotherapy contains many different theories about how the human mind works, why we do and think in certain ways, and what we are wanting to experience. At Allied Mental Health we follow a well- developed theoretical framework, combining Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (a type of psychotherapy in which negative patterns of thought about the self and the world are challenged in order to alter unwanted behavior patterns or treat mood disorders such as depression.) and Ericksonian Therapy. Each of these is based on the principle that our mind is fully capable of resolving conflicts and situations causing emotional upset. The guidance provided by the therapist is to open the client’s understanding to best resolve situations and learn healthy applications for future use.