It’s good to talk, sometimes it’s difficult to say what’s on your mind. Talking to a therapist can help you cope with difficulty and make positive change.
Therapy offers you a safe, confidential place to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable. It allows you to talk with someone who is trained to listen attentively and to help you improve things.
Therapy is a very personal process. Sometimes it is necessary to talk about painful feelings or difficult decisions, so you may go through a period of feeling worse than when you started. However, therapy should enable you to feel better in the long run.
If you do experience a period of feeling worse, talk to your therapist about it to ensure you get the best out of your therapy.
Usually it will take a number of counseling sessions before therapy starts to make a difference. However on rare occasions, a single session may be enough.
Therapy doesn’t work for everybody. It is not a universal cure-all. Because you may be talking about very personal and often painful things, it can sometimes be difficult to keep going. Despite this, it is often worth the effort as you can be helped to work through problems.
In Prottoy, substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors advise people who suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, or other behavioral problems. They provide treatment and support to help the client recover from addiction or modify problem behaviors.
Mental health counseling is what people typically think of when they hear the word counseling, but counselors’ actual job duties may go well beyond what people imagine. Clinical counselors do indeed talk people through problems. In many cases, though, they diagnose as well as treat mental illness.
Some mental health counselors help people who have normal cognitive processes cope with difficult life events, for example, physical illness, death of loved ones, and relationship problems or divorce. Others help people manage serious mental illnesses like bipolar disorder. Counselors need to know when to refer clients or patients for additional resources and how to identify when abuse may be happening or when there is a risk of suicide or other violence.
Clinical mental health counseling is a distinct profession with national standards for education, training and clinical practice. Our Clinical mental health counselors are highly-skilled professionals who provide flexible, consumer-oriented therapy. They combine traditional psychotherapy with a practical, problem-solving approach that creates a dynamic and efficient path for change and problem resolution.
Psychotherapy helps people with a mental disorder to:
Types of Therapy
Therapy can be given in a variety of formats, including:
Individual: This therapy involves only the patient and the therapist.
Group: Two or more patients may participate in therapy at the same time. Patients are able to share experiences and learn that others feel the same way and have had the same experiences.
Marital/Couples: This type of therapy helps spouses and partners understand why their loved one has a mental disorder, what changes in communication and behaviors can help, and what they can do to cope.
Family: Because family is a key part of the team that helps people with mental illness get better, it is sometimes helpful for family members to understand what their loved one is going through, how they themselves can cope, and what they can do to help.
This therapy is based on the belief that behavior is learnt in response to past experience, and can be un-learnt or reconditioned through association, without analyzing the past to find the reason for the behavior. It often works well for compulsive and obsessive behaviors, fears, phobias and addictions.
DBT was developed from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). With the main aim of CBT being to change behavior, DBT is also based on the acceptance of the client’s behavior, which can help some client’s with very intense emotions to not feel rejected by the strong focus on change. DBT aims to balance acceptance with change. With certain techniques used, DBT therapists can point out to clients that their behavior, even though may not be in their best interest in the long term, makes sense, as it is often the only way they have learned to deal with such intense emotions; and appears to lead to positive consequences in the short term. In addition to this however, the therapist can also challenge the client to make change in their life and to learn other ways of dealing with their distress.
Marriage and family counselors help people work through problems and rebuild relationships. Sometimes couples seek them because they're trying to avoid divorce. Sometimes families need help working through a crisis or stressful time: a death in the family, an illness, a lay off. Sometimes there's substance abuse involved. Marriage and family therapists help individuals express needs appropriately, make compromises, and establish boundaries. They also make assessments as needed to assure that individuals and family units receive appropriate services.