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How Therapy Works
Psychotherapy is an emotional treatment process designed to improve your overall mental health. There are specialized techniques developed by theorists and practitioners that target different areas of functioning.
Some common treatment models that I use in practice include cognitive behavioral therapy, which helps patients understand the thoughts and feelings that influence behaviors, client-centered therapy, which is non-directive and emphasizes unconditional positive regard. There may be times where using psychoanalytic therapy, though time consuming, can be very beneficial. That includes looking at patterns or events that may play a role in current difficulties, or significant childhood events or trauma, leading to unconscious feelings that may have played a role in the development of maladaptive behaviors and mental illness.
What is Sex Therapy?
Sex Therapy is a psychotherapy practice that addresses the emotional concerns related to sexual functioning. This may include feelings related to sex, intimacy and relationships, gender and sexual orientation. Sex therapy can be beneficial for both individuals and couples. Treatment may be short term or longer term and varies depending on the nature of the issue. Sex therapy is practiced by professionally trained clinicians with advanced training in human sexuality and sexual functioning. The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) provides certification in sex therapy for those demonstrating the utmost competency and knowledge in the field of sexual health.
How can therapy be helpful to me?
The stigma of treating our mental health is all too present when it comes to addressing our mental health needs with a professional. Would you ignore a broken leg or seek the help of a doctor to cast it and go through physical therapy to rehab it if it meant your best option for full recovery? Your physical and emotional health need to co-exist and balance one another in order to live productively. Therapy can provide the opportunity to develop the insight and coping mechanisms to function at your best! To gain an understanding of your behavioral patterns, thought processes and make lasting changes is a motivating factor for many seeking therapeutic services.
What is Anxiety?
Depression is a mental health disorder that can affect the way you eat and sleep, the way you feel about yourself, and the way you think about things. A depressive disorder is more than a passing mood. It is not a sign of personal weakness, and it cannot be willed or wished away.
Anxiety is a relatively permanent state of worry and nervousness occurring in a variety of mental health disorders, usually accompanied by compulsive behavior or attacks of panic. It can also be a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune.
What are some common signs or symptoms of anxiety?
- Shortness of breath • Racing heart, slow heartbeat, palpitations
- ‘Lump in throat’ and difficulty swallowing
- Excessive Perspiration (sweating)
- Pain or numbness, tingling in the limbs
- Indigestion, heartburn, constipation and diarrhea
- Sexual Dysfunction
What is Depression?
What are some common signs or symptoms of depression?
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
- Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex Decreased energy, fatigue, being “slowed down”
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
- Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
- Appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain
- Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts
- Restlessness, irritability
- Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain