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Published: December 15, 2019

How would you define psychotherapy? Psychotherapy is more commonly known as talk therapy. It describes a class of treatments in which a talk therapist encourages the person receiving therapy to put into words their challenges and feelings so that they can begin to develop solutions.

It’s a very effective evidence-based treatment for those with addiction, bad habits, and mental health challenges.

Through psychotherapy, you learn how to better cope with how you’re feeling. And you also develop personalized strategies to manage a condition, relationships, work, and everyday life.

What Are the Types of Psychotherapy?

Don’t let the term “psycho” scare you. That’s just another word for your mind.

All types of psychotherapy help you bring what’s in your mind out in the form of words so that you can look at it more effectively with the support and guidance of a professional.

Doing so enables you to start healing.

You can’t define psychotherapy well without looking at several of the ways therapists use talk therapy to help you. We suspect you’ve heard of many of these types of psychotherapy, such as:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps you identify negative thoughts and habits that don’t serve you. You can then intentionally replace them with positive, healthy thoughts that promote growth, connection, health, and productivity.
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy helps you learn to live in the “now”, listen to your emotions in real-time, and respond more effectively in interpersonal situations.
  • Family therapy helps you and a loved one communicate more effectively with each other about how you’re feeling. Through open and honest communication, you can begin to overcome challenges and feel safer and more supported in your home.
  • Group therapy involves talking with a small group of people who have similar struggles. This reinforces that you’re not alone. And it also helps you work through some of your challenges. You do so by practicing what you need to say to loved ones, friends, or “bad apples” in your life who aren’t there by pretending someone in the group is that person.

In each of these cases, a skilled and caring therapist facilitates the talk to keep things safe and productive.

What Are the Benefits of Psychotherapy?

75% of people who go through a program that includes psychotherapy techniques experience real and meaningful benefits. Studies show that people who receive talk therapy experience significant changes in how they interact with people and life as they learn to better manage their addiction. Some of the most notable include:

  • Improved ability to think and act in a positive manner
  • Less physical, mental, and emotional disability
  • Fewer medical problems, such as chronic pain
  • Increased enjoyment at work
  • A decrease in days of missed work
  • Healthier and more constructive interpersonal interactions

We define psychotherapy to demonstrate why it’s so effective. Instead of having a friend, parent, or another significant person in your life telling you what they think you should do, talk therapy helps to reach your own conclusions. You develop an individualized plan for your success.

Individualization is the key to lasting recovery. You may not realize that the answers are inside you, but as you uncover them, you’ll find the strength and courage you need.

As a result, you’ll learn to manage cravings, deal with life’s challenges effectively, develop more meaningful relationships loved ones, and prevent relapse.

How Does Lakeview Health Define Psychotherapy

We define psychotherapy as a highly effective way to treat addiction and mental health disorders. Addiction isn’t curable. But it is treatable through a comprehensive and individualized addiction treatment program.

We offer gender-responsive care with a separate men’s and women’s treatment program. Additionally, we have trauma-informed and dual diagnosis care to help people with complex addictions learn to manage their addiction and related mental illness.

Because when they do, they can experience a more fulfilling life.

Talk therapy takes place in several settings in Florida and Texas, including:

Is addiction controlling your thoughts and actions? Talk therapy can help you retake control of your life. One phone call to [Direct] could change your life for the better.

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