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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Psychotherapy (Overview)

Psychotherapy is one treatment strategy for a variety of mental health conditions. It has also been shown to help a variety of chronic medical difficulties such as chronic pain. There are a variety of therapy types including, but not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt), psychodynamic therapy, & interpersonal therapy. Certain therapy is better suited for certain conditions & individuals.


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What exactly is psychotherapy?

Talk therapy: It is a method to alleviate and cure consisting in sessions of talking; without using meds (in most cases). The basis were given by psychoanalysis (method discovered by s freud). There are many modalities and schools. It is a fascinating area. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
1,294 doctors shared insights

Psychotherapy (Overview)

Psychotherapy is one treatment strategy for a variety of mental health conditions. It has also been shown to help a variety of chronic medical difficulties such as chronic pain. There are a variety of therapy types including, but not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt), psychodynamic therapy, & interpersonal therapy. Certain therapy is better suited for certain conditions & individuals.


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What is intensive psychotherapy?

What is intensive psychotherapy?

Varies: Intensive psychotherapy can refer to many types of psychotherapy, but has the common factor of very frequent visits. This can be twice a week or even more frequent. This occurs to assist a severe, worsening, or acute condition. ...Read more

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Who gets intensive psychotherapy?

Severe illness: The best practice for cognitive psychotherapy for someone with depression whose depression and anxiety worsen is to increase the frequency of sessions/increase intensity. Generally, more intensive psychotherapy is helpful for those with severe, worsening, or relatively acute symptoms/conditions. ...Read more

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Can you undergo psychotherapy online?

It's controversial: Some approaches to psychotherapy that are more standardized (some might say "cookbook") can be done by chat or similar text channels, but in my opinion a lot is lost by not meeting in person. Some therapists use skype or other video apps. This is clearly better than text, but I'd still reserve it for situations when in-person psychotherapy is impossible. Many subtleties are lost. ...Read more

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What are benefits of phone psychotherapy?

Several..for many...: Though controversial, I find phone/skype sessions (as main service or complementary to face-to-face) very helpful in many instances:
1)if high anxiety is a central issue that could get in the way of a patient making it to the office
2)if transportation is an issue
3)if patient is out of town and needing to keep up with therapy process
4)for 2nd opinion, treatment planning or general consultation. ...Read more

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What is strength-based psychotherapy for?

Strength-based: "Strength-based" describes the focus of the psychotherapy. It attempts to create hope and change through focus on the person's strengths, as well as those of others. Many people overlook the positive characteristics they have, overemphasizing faults. "Problems" are explored of course, but the focus is finding realistic, effective solutions and nurturing existing capacities for growth. ...Read more

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What's the matrix model of psychotherapy?

What's the matrix model of psychotherapy?

Addiction treatment: Primarily aimed at addition, the matrix model is an outpatient model of treatment focusing on behavior (rather than underlying 'issues') and accountability to therapist, with whom a positive therapeutic alliance is crucial (perhaps the lynchpin of the entire model). Other aspects of the model are a potpourri of common interventions, e.g. Psychoeducation, 12-step, family involvement, etc. ...Read more

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What are the different kinds of psychotherapy used?

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Psychotherapy: Supportive psychotherapy, insight-oriented p. , psychodynamic p. , psychanalysis. ...Read more

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How does a typical psychotherapy appointment proceed?

Therapies differ: It depends on the type of psychotherapy. "Dynamic" therapists encourage you to say anything that enters your mind (and don't speak much themselves). The therapist listens for patterns and underlying feelings, helping you understand yourself better. "Cbt" therapists give "homework" exercises to help you un-learn unhealthy thoughts. Both kinds usually meet with you 45-50 min, once weekly. ...Read more

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Is traditional psychotherapy helpful for most people?

Is traditional psychotherapy helpful for most people?

Yes: Thee is extensive research showing that psychotherapy is effective. Some years ago, consumer reports also tackled the question through a survey of subscribers. The overwhelming majority who had psychotherapy reported that they benefited from it, including the people with the most severe problems. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: psychotherapy?

Therapy: Psychotherapy is one treatment strategy for a variety of mental health conditions. It has also been shown to help a variety of chronic medical difficulties such as chronic pain. There are a variety of therapy types including, but not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt), psychodynamic therapy, & interpersonal therapy. Certain therapy is better suited for certain conditions & individuals. ...Read more

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What must I consider before starting holistic psychotherapy?

Need More Info: Psychotherapy is often holistic in and of itself; it is a healing modality that uses talking and social phenomena, behavioral exercises, and the body-mind interface. It might be easier for experts to answer the question if you could specify what you mean by 'holistic psychotherapy.'. ...Read more

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What are some alternative solutions other than psychotherapy?

Support, lifestyle: For many mental health problems, alternatives to psychotherapy can include having good outlets and support, such as friends, family, hobbies, exercise, church, and social groups. Maintaining a healthy diet and healthy outlook are important. Depending on the problem medication can be helpful as well. ...Read more

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How long is the average time for seeing results in psychotherapy? (not necessarily in my condition)

How long is the average time for seeing results in psychotherapy? (not necessarily in my condition)

It depends: This depends on the condition being treated, the type of psychotherapeutic work being done, the commitment of the patient, and the training ; skill of the therapist. For specific questions about your own situation, please discuss with your psychotherapist. ...Read more

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If I have dr episodes, then usually psychotherapy and meds are recommended, but is there an alternative from a christian perspective?

Is this the venue?: Jesus said, "Render unto psychiatry the things that are psychiatric, and unto God the things that are God's." Or if he didn't, he would have. He was a sensible Jewish boy, and very good to his mother. I'm curious why you raise this question here instead of with someone in the clergy in your particular flavor of faith. Wouldn't THEY be more likely to have an answer? ...Read more

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I have no insurance. But I need some psychotherapy, but can't really afford to go or possibly afford most meds. What would be recommended I do?

I have no insurance. But I need some psychotherapy, but can't really afford to go or possibly afford most meds. What would be recommended I do?

Low cost services: As my colleagues have mentioned, low or no-cost services are available in many locations. Here's a website with phone numbers and sites to seek resources in your community: http://tinyurl. Com/mcney6e also you can search for such clinics by putting your info into the search box on the health resources ; services administration site: http://tinyurl. Com/3sqsggw good luck! ...Read more

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What is psychotherapy exactly? And how will I benefit from this? Is it likely to help me get off meds. I'm motivated just a lot of changes all at once

What is psychotherapy exactly? And how will I benefit from this? Is it likely to help me get off meds. I'm motivated just a lot of changes all at once

Psychotherapy is a : Form of treatment that teaches you to pay attention to your feelings, If you are unhappy with your life, you should speak to a licensed therapist and address whatever is leading to your feelings and thoughts. There are multiple types of psychotherapy. It can help people at times to reduce medications in coordination with their psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Is reiki a type of psychotherapy?

No: Reiki is a japanese healing art based on the manipulation of a "life force energy" by the practitioner. ...Read more

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Any psychotherapy self-help books?

What context?: If psychotherapy is a process between a therapist and someone seeking help, "self-help" seems to be contradictory. While a book may give valuable information, the feedback given in therapy seems much more germane. A prominent tenet of therapy is that "self can't see self". Have an experience of real psychotherapy. Don't sell yourself short! You are worth more than that! ...Read more

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Do soldiers get free psychotherapy?

Do soldiers get free psychotherapy?

Active armed service: Active armed service members are covered for psychotherapy services through their military health insurance benefits and often do not have a copayment if they see a psychotherapist in the network. You can find out who is in your network by going to the insurance provider list. For example: if you have Tricare and search for behavioral health for the zip code you would see a list of providers. ...Read more

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Is cbt a form or type of psychotherapy?

Is cbt a form or type of psychotherapy?

CBT stands for: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and it is a form of psychotherapy. It is focused on the here and now and not analytic. Thinking generates feelings and it is focused on changing self talk / thoughts. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How are psychotherapy and cbt different?

Different terms: CBT is a type of psychotherapy that examines and disputes negative thoughts and seeks to change negative schemas. Another type is psychodynamic psychotherapy-actually the first kind and what all other therapies are based on-which explores the meaning of current symptoms and how to resolve them. The schemas of CBT came from object relations psychoanalytic theory 60 years earlier. ...Read more

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Is transactional analysis some type of psychotherapy?

Yes: Popularized by eric berne in the 1960s, ta is an updated, more "user-friendly" variation of freudian psychotherapy. Wikipedia has a good, long entry on ta: http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/transactional_analysis. ...Read more

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Why is there such variability in care quality in psychotherapy?

Why is there such variability in care quality in psychotherapy?

Variability in care: Psychotherapy requires a relationship between humans -- not machines. Humans (including therapists) are variable in their skills and interests. Basic competencies must be assured through credentialing, but beyond that things may vary. You need to find a therapist with expertise in the areas you want help with. Other issues include insurance restrictions on timing and frequency of sessions. ...Read more

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Can some supportive words in psychotherapy reinforce one's psychopathology?

It can, but depends: Therapists should rarely, if ever, purposefully use 'punishment.' they also cultivate supportive acceptance of clients. Sometimes that even includes very unusual topics. However, acceptance is not 'encouragement.' when pathological behavior presents itself, the therapist should accept it but avoid rewarding or punishing. If the client can take it, the therapist also points out the behavior. ...Read more

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Is there any kind of psychotherapy that can help improve mental retardation?

Is there any kind of psychotherapy that can help improve mental retardation?

Not exactly: Mental retardation does not change but social skills and ability to cope in the world with "slowed learning" could improve through behavioral modification ...Read more

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How often does a teenager need to have psychotherapy in order to see benefits?

Weekly or more: Most psychotherapy for teens or adults works best when done on a regular, planned schedule of at least one session weekly. More intensive therapy, esp. Of the psychodynamic type, may occur two or even three times a week. The reasons for advising such frequent therapy are complex, and not necessarily related to severity. Therapy less than weekly can still potentially help, but less reliably. ...Read more

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Is psychotherapy considered a form of rehabilitation, except for mental health?

Is psychotherapy considered a form of rehabilitation, except for mental health?

Psychotherapy: I see psychotherapy as a specific type of health behavior intervention. I suppose in a very broad sense, it is rehabilitation. Depending on the type of psychotherapy, assignments are given for the patient to complete. Sometimes this can be specific behavior and/or changes in thinking processes. Also, the patient needs to be the one doing most all the "work". Thanks for stimulating this view. ...Read more

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Is it appropriate to abruptly terminate a psychotherapy patient without any notice or further appointments to process this loss?

Is it appropriate to abruptly terminate a psychotherapy patient without any notice or further appointments to process this loss?

Not The Standard: Typically, psychotherapy is divided into three phases: beginning, middle, and termination. Under ideal conditions the therapist and patient decide when to begin and how many sessions to devote to the termination phase. The termination phase is very important as it provides the patient with a structured approach to review the entire therapy process as well as to prepare for life after therapy. ...Read more

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Is psychotherapy for treating depression?

Not only: Psychotherapy has been shown to be helpful in treating various mental ailments; psychotherapy also helps a person cope with physical ailments; psychotherapy can be used to improve communication skills, self-concept, parenting skills, anger management, etc. There is individual psychotherapy, couples/marital/family. ...Read more