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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 different modalities and schools. It is a fascinating area. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
1,282 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: A 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 main 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?

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 had psychotherapy reported that they benefited from it, including the people with the most severe problems. ...Read more

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