Psychotherapy FAQ

What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is the treatment of mental and emotional problems through the use of psychological therapies/techniques designed to improve patterns in thinking, feeling and behaving. The goal is symptom relief and improvements in mood, thinking patterns and behavior in interpersonal and vocational functionality and personality growth.
What is a psychological therapy?
Psychological therapies are specialized techniques which are designed and employed with patients/clients who have psychological problems so that they may learn to face those problems, understand them in a more effective ways and feel the motivation to continue learning new behaviour and positive thought patterns in order finally to learn to overcome problems, feel positive energy, live comfortably and maintain the positive progress.
Will the treatment remain confidential?
Yes,all the details of the patient / client will be kept strictly confidential, and, unlike clinic visits in many countries, online sessions do not become part of your permanent medical record.
Can you give me some examples?
I usually use wide ranging techniques depending on the client’s/patient’s condition. Some of them include Cognitive Behavior Therapy(CBT), Exposure and Response prevention therapy(ERPT),Psychodynamic Therapy, Interpersonal psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, Visualisation,Guided imagery etc. I may also provide some other complementary therapies like Meditation, Relaxation Techniques etc.
Will it work for me?
Many people feel a great deal of benefit from psychotherapy, some even after comparatively few meetings. They must each must decide on their own whether therapy is helpful for them. The initial consultation’s aim is to help people think about this, in collaboration with a therapist. My Clinical experience shows that if one is motivated and sets oneself realistic goals, psychotherapy is likely to help.
What is “cognitive behavioral” therapy?
Cognitive behavioral therapy is based on listening and talking. Its aim is to identify ‘cognitive distortions’ which are the root cause in the maintainence of the psychological problems and to uncover patterns of thinking and feeling that are symptoms of the problems you would like to resolve and weaken behavioral connections and your emotional reactions to them.
Does it mean that I am ‘ill’ if I am in psychotherapy?
Regardless of how you were referred, psychotherapy aims to treat people who are having difficulties functioning at home, at work, at school or in relationships. This could be the result of a serious mental illness, or a lack of skill in positive thinking, emotion regulation and behavior modification. The symptoms I would like to treat, might have been diagnosed as mental illness. The aim in psychotherapy is to look more deeply into the emotions, conflicts and distress behind these diagnoses.
How long will it take?
The length of the treatment will vary from person to person. A brief course of psychotherapy would last about two months, or long term individual therapy can last for a couple of years. The benefits of psychotherapy can continue long after the treatment period has finished.
How often are the sessions?
Services with Psychotherapy happen one to two times weekly depending on the severity of the circumstances or maybe three times in a week and can be changed after discussing with the therapist.
How long does each session last?
Initial sessions last one to one and half hours,and follow up sessions normally last one hour, and may extend for some more time depending on the situation.
What benefit should I feel afterwards?
Research has shown that psychotherapy is effective in reducing symptoms, improving relationships ,self esteem and self-confidence. However, as each person is an individual it is difficult to generalize at the beginning as to which benefits a person may feel. The exploration and the journey is often as important as the goal.
Does it usually work?
How will I feel during therapy?
Initially it feels difficult to handle as the person concerned has to discuss some painful and uninteresting things. But as the session/s continue to happen and working with the therapist the client/patient discovers that it is not at all difficult to handle the problems.
How much will I have to do myself?
Therapy is an active process, like a journey of self exploration. I can offer guidance, but the ultimate responsibility for changing is with you.

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