Psychotherapy for Mental Illness, Benefits and Types

Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is a way to help people with a broad variety of mental illnesses and emotional difficulties. Psychotherapy can help eliminate or control troubling symptoms so a person can function better and can increase well-being and healing. Problems helped by psychotherapy include difficulties in coping with daily life; the impact of trauma, medical illness or loss, like the death of a loved one; and specific mental disorders, like depression or anxiety. In our infographic, we have discussed psychotherapy, benefits and its types.

Psychotherapy

for Mental Illness, Benefits and Types

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is a way to help people with a broad variety of mental illnesses and emotional difficulties. Psychotherapy can help eliminate or control troubling symptoms so a person can function better and can increase well-being and healing. Problems helped by psychotherapy include difficulties in coping with daily life; the impact of trauma, medical illness or loss, like the death of a loved one; and specific mental disorders, like depression or anxiety.

Why Its done

Psychotherapy can be helpful in treating most mental health problems.

Anxiety disorders: such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, panic disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Mood disorders: such as depression or bipolar disorder

Addictions: such as alcoholism, drug dependence or compulsive gambling

Eating disorders: such as anorexia or bulimia

Personality disorders: such as borderline personality disorder or dependent

 

Schizophrenia: or other disorders that causedetachment from reality (psychotic)

Benefits of Psychotherapy

 

  • Have a safe and private place to talk about sensitive personal issues
  • Become informed about additional effective treatment options
  • Decrease or eliminate depression and anxiety
  • Reduce and manage negative or destructive thoughts, feelings and behaviors
  • Understand and process effects of traumatic events
  • Stop using drugs, tobacco and alcohol
  • Reduce impulses and actions of self-harm or aggression
  • Plan for crises to ensure safety and reduce risk of harm
  • Learn effective coping skills to manage difficult situations
  • Improve sleep, nutrition and physical activity patterns

 

Types of psychotherapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy

CBT helps people identify and change thinking and behavior patterns that are harmful or ineffective, replacing them with more accurate thoughts and functional behaviors. It can help a person focus on current problems and how to solve them. It often involves practicing new skills in the “real world.

Interpersonal therapy

IPT is a short-term form of treatment. It helps patients understand underlying interpersonal issues that are troublesome, like unresolved grief, changes in social or work roles, conflicts with significant others, and problems relating to others. It can help people learn healthy ways to express emotions and ways to improve communication and how they relate to others. It is most often used to treat depression.

 

Dialectical behavior therapy

DBT is a specific type of CBT that helps regulate emotions. It is often used to treat people with chronic suicidal thoughts and people with borderline personality disorder, eating disorders and PTSD. It teaches new skills to help people take personal responsibility to change unhealthy or disruptive behavior. It involves both individual and group therapy.

Psychodynamic therapy

PT is based on the idea that behavior and mental well-being are influenced by childhood experiences and inappropriate repetitive thoughts or feelings that are unconscious (outside of the person’s awareness). A person works with the therapist to improve self-awareness and to change old patterns so he/she can more fully take charge of his/her life.

Psychoanalysis

Psychoanalysis is a more intensive form of psychodynamic therapy. Sessions are typically conducted three or more times a week.

Supportive therapy

Supportive therapy uses guidance and encouragement to help patients develop their own resources. It helps build self-esteem, reduce anxiety, strengthen coping mechanisms, and improve social and community functioning. Supportive psychotherapy helps patients deal with issues related to their mental health conditions which in turn affect the rest of their lives.

Acceptance and commitment therapy

This therapy helps you become aware of and accept your thoughts and feelings and commit to making changes, increasing your ability to cope with and adjust to situations

About Us

Audrey La Noce is a board-certified wellness coach and proud owner of Total Mental Wellness. Total Mental Wellness’s team specializes in a “whole person approach”, which not only involves a psychiatric evaluation but also includes a wellness evaluation. We are well versed in the latest treatments for mental health conditions, including some non-traditional treatments. We provide different treatments like treatment of depression, anxiety and bipolar, women’s issues (anti-aging, social issues) and LGBTQ. We provide individualized and comprehensive care for individuals of all ages.

 

We offer a specialized service to increase an individual’s quality of life by incorporating meaningful activities. As a wellness coach, we help people assess their current physical and emotional state, and helps them set goals for what they want to achieve in their overall wellness and health by working with them on plans of action to reach these goals. We work with the patient to find the best treatment plan that works for them.