Psychotherapy Q & A
by Dr. Brady, Psy.D
What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy, also called talk therapy, is the core treatment for most mental health problems. There are different approaches to this treatment plan, and Dr. Brady custom designs plans to fit the needs of each patient.
Why would you need psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is about identifying life stresses and conflicts that interfere with your happiness. Through psychotherapy, Dr. Brady can help you:
- Resolve conflicts
- Reduce stress
- Find healthy coping mechanisms
- Manage unhealthy behaviors
- Deal with physical side effects
- Find recovery from abuse or addiction
- Improve sleep habits and deal with sleep issues
Psychotherapy is really a very general term, but one that offers many possibilities for recovery.
What are the types of psychotherapy?
There are a number of variations to psychotherapy. Some work better than others depending on your mental health and goals. Some that the doctor might suggest to you include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy to deal with negative behaviors or thoughts
- Acceptance and commitment therapy designed to identify feelings and commit to making changes
- Psychoanalysis which focuses on what you might not be aware of and how that affects behavior
- Supportive psychotherapy for those coping with loss or anxiety
What can you expect from psychotherapy?
The first session focuses on determining your needs and create objectives. Dr. Brady discusses your medical and emotional history, as well as things currently affecting your life. He will ask you what your specific concerns are and why you feel like seeing a therapist can help you.
During this first session, Dr. Brady also discusses the process of psychotherapy with you, so you understand how it works and why it may help.
The first session is as much about you getting to know Dr. Brady, as it is a way for him to evaluate your needs. The bond between a counselor and a patient is very important, so feel free to ask questions that will help you determine if this is a good fit.
During subsequent sessions, you will talk about how you feel. The doctor helps you identify your emotions and open up about them. You may be asked to do homework, as well, such as activities that define how you feel at any given time.