"This is the strangest doctor experience I've ever had. I have ADHD and was looking for someone to simply see me and do the prescription maintenance. He didn't have a staff but just came out after you wait by your self and he lets you in. Well, he received the nickname "Dr. Cash" from my family as he seems to want to more work off of the network and only takes cash. He seems to be more driven by monetary reasons then to help people. It sure is odd when you pay him in cash and he take the time to get out his little box of small bills and coins and give you change, right down to the penny (and he takes the small coins out of a bag and hands them over, in an odd fashion). Anyway, his bedside manner is sorely lacking and I don't care for him as a person, but perhaps he's good to some as he's still in business! I initially put him at 1 Star, but maybe I'm just used to more personal doctors so I don't want to be too harsh, so I'll double it to a 2 star rating. Bottom line, you can find better out there."
Psychotherapy is commonly referred to as talk therapy or simply therapy. Trained therapists help and guide patients as they talk through issues in their life and problem-solve ways to make healthy changes.
The use of therapy is extremely common, with millions of people going through therapy each year in the United States alone. It can be useful for patients who want to learn coping skills when they are facing difficult issues or need to heal from past trauma. Therapy can also be a support tool when patients are facing stressful periods in their life. Essentially, therapy is helpful any time life events require more mental or emotional resources than a patient currently has. Change is a major theme of therapy, offering a supportive environment for patients to make changes to their life or themselves so that past problems stop recurring in the future.
There are several different types of psychotherapy, with the most common being cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT. This type of therapy focuses on the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT, is a form of CBT that encourages acceptance and validation as well as change. Interpersonal therapy focuses on relationships and communication as a pathway to feeling better. Psychoanalysis, an older form of therapy invented by Sigmund Freud, teaches that all problems stem from the unconscious.
Although many people see therapists by themselves, not all psychotherapy is one-on-one. For example, in family therapy, the therapist treats a family as a unit. Patients can also participate in group therapy, where they meet as a group to work on issues.
Psychotherapy is a safe, powerful healing tool that can help patients lead happier and healthier lives. However, therapy is a joint effort between the patient and the therapist. Both need to work together in order for therapy to be effective.