What is Psychotherapy?

The benefits, types, and who qualifies for therapy

February 18, 2021

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy also known as talk therapy, is a broad term used for treating mental health problems. A licensed professional applies scientific based practices to help people with a broad variety of mental illnesses and emotional struggles. Psychotherapy can help eliminate or better control unhealthy symptoms so a person can function better, respond to challenging situations, develop healthy coping skills, and increase well-being and overall healing. To be successful, psychotherapy requires a collaborative effort between therapist and client.

There are several approaches to psychotherapy and talking with a licensed professional can determine the best type of therapy for you. Individual psychotherapy sessions are available for cerebral palsy patients of all ages, and also for their caregivers at the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center.

Benefits of Psychotherapy:

  • Improved mood
  • Enhanced self-awareness 
  • Improved problem-solving skills
  • Increased confidence and self-esteem
  • Overall better health behaviors
  • Safe and non-judgmental environment
  • Better communication skills
  • Development of relaxation techniques 
  • Increased coping skills

Who qualifies for Psychotherapy?

This has proven to be an effective treatment for a variety of mental health conditions including but not limited to:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Pain
  • Trauma
  • Coping with daily life
  • Mental Illness
  • Loss

Types of Psychotherapy

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) helps people identify and change unhealthy thinking and behavior patterns 
  • Interpersonal therapy (IPT) focuses on the patients understanding of underlying interpersonal issues that are troublesome. This therapy is most often used to treat depression.
  • Dialectical behavior therapy is a type of CBT that helps regulate emotions, stress, and improve relationships
  • Psychodynamic and Psychoanalysis therapy focuses on feelings and behaviors that are unconscious 
  • Supportive therapy uses guidance to help patients develop their own resources to deal with difficult situations
  • Additional therapies may include animal therapy, art therapy, play therapy etc. 

What are Next Steps:

Below is a general overview of what the process of starting psychotherapy sessions with Jan Moskowitz, LCSW, at the Weinberg Family CP Center might look like:

Step 1 – Phone screening: This is a brief call to find out more about who you are, what you are looking for in regards to therapy, your basic demographics, high risk issues, etc. This call will help to see if Jan is the right fit for you, or if you need to be referred for more immediate attention somewhere else.

Step 2 – Schedule an intake in person (or via telehealth if more comfortable): This is a one-hour appointment focused on questions about your history of health and mental health, past experiences with mental health, any impactful events in your life Jan should know about, etc. Once this takes place, we are ready to start scheduling our follow up sessions.

Step 3 – Follow up sessions: After Steps 1 and 2 have been completed, we begin weekly sessions which are about 45 minutes long and then continue to meet until mutually agreed upon goals have been achieved. These sessions are typically recurring appointments, same day/time each week, for everyone’s ease of scheduling, commitment, and consistency.

Resources:

Psychiatry.org 

American Psychological Association