Psychological treatment occurs through meaningful conversations between the patient and the psychologist in an environment of absolute trust and confidentiality.
It helps you to be more aware of yourself, to accept yourself as you are and to develop skills to solve problems that arise in the course of life, assuming responsibility for your actions.
One purpose of psychotherapy is to enable each person to establish healthier and more satisfying relationships with self and with others.
It is not about changing people, but it leads to each one having a better understanding of their reality, being more aware of themselves and of what is happening in their environment. It involves learning to make new life choices, accept yourself, be compassionate, respectful, empathetic with yourself and with others.
What can be treated?
Mood disorders such as depression or bipolarity, without current manic symptoms.
Anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, phobias, agoraphobia, social phobia.
Crisis interventions due to disasters or accidents.
Types of psychotherapy
There are several theoretical approaches in psychotherapy. Each of these focuses its therapeutic work on different aspects of the human psychic manifestation and uses different techniques. Different psychotherapy modalities are also applied according to the age of the patients and the type of difficulties they address.
The best known are the psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, systemic – family and couples – humanistic and holistic. Then there are the psychological specialties focused on specific topics that can be ascribed to one or another therapeutic approach.
All psychotherapies ascribed to different theoretical models are effective and the choice of one or the other depends on the patient’s preference or the indication of the treating psychiatrist who will consider the best treatment according to the reason for consultation and diagnosis of the patient.
Psychotherapies can be short or long, depending on the time each patient requires to carry out the process, the theoretical-psychological approach, and the complexity of the reason that brings the patient to consult. It is difficult for a therapy to last less than 6 sessions; they are usually 12 to 24 sessions and in other cases they can take years continuously or intermittently.
If you want to know more about the different types of psychotherapy and how it can help you with your particular situation, do not hesitate to contact the Mental Health team at Psiquiatras Online.
Psiquiatras Online Team