How does Psychotherapy Works
Most patients think that they sign up for psychotherapy and they go in and talk in order to â€œventâ€ their feelings. Others think they are going it to see a counselor (like a lawyer or financial advisor) who will tell them what to do and how to behave.
Some of this is true. Venting your feelings or â€œgetting it all outâ€ in a safe environment may be helpful in cases of grief where a loved one has died, but I have also met patients who have had therapists where they have been venting every week for seven yearsâ€¦ and they still arenâ€™t better. So venting is part of the process in some cases. Some therapists will tell you what to do and how to behave, but this may not be a hallmark of a good therapist. Good therapists work with you in hopes that you see better ways to behave, interact, and function and act on those in your own way.
Below are some concepts that govern certain types of psychotherapy. Yes, just like there are several types of medications that work in several different ways, there are different types and styles of psychotherapy:
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This is one area that I confess that I know very little about. Â It can be frustrating because operating from a point of view (and I have done so) that each person should have control over his or her faculties can blind one to the mental pains of others. Â Interesting comments at the site.