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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Psychotherapy (Definition)

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
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Psychotherapy (Definition)

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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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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Anorexia (Tip)

Anorexia

Most people with anorexia suffer from anxiety. Medications and psychotherapy can really help! ...See more

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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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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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Bulimia

Psychotherapy to work on self image, self esteem issues. ...See 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 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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Anorexia

Individualized psychotherapy is helpful in many anorexia cases. ...See 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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