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Is counselor, cbt psychotherapist, psychologist or psychiatrist better for anxiety problems?

Is counselor, cbt psychotherapist, psychologist or psychiatrist better for anxiety problems?

How about patchwork: Quilt approach? Cbt is often practiced by any of the above providers. Cognitive behavioral therapy can yield excellent results. Psychiatrist can be invaluable when psychotropic medications are indicated. Take care. ...Read more

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 ...Read more


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Clinical social worker vs. Clinical psychotherapist vs. Mental health counselor?

Clinical social worker vs. Clinical psychotherapist vs. Mental health counselor?

All roads lead2rome: Which one to see? Or which one to become? See the one you like the best, feel most comfortable with & feel has ur best interests in mind at all times. Also helpful to see one who has some connection to a doc should you need medication in treatment. Which to become depends on your area of interest, & the legal requirements for study & practice in your area. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Does psychoanalytic or psychodynamic psychotherapy work for children with social anxiety disorder?

Does psychoanalytic or psychodynamic psychotherapy work for children with social anxiety disorder?

It can...: Depending on the child that you are treating. No child is the same and should not be treated that way. With social anxiety disorder, it may be useful to take an eclectic approach using play therapy, social skills training, and relaxation training in working with this diagnosis that requires skill building. ...Read more

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Cognitive behavioral therapy for ptsd. Thoughts or opinions? Is it worthwhile?

Cognitive behavioral therapy for ptsd. Thoughts or opinions? Is it worthwhile?

Find Person U Like!: Current compilations ("meta-analyses") of research comparing the effectiveness of various therapies psychologist don meichenbaum & others call "acronym therapies" -cbt, cpt, emdr, etc- show that one is no more effective than another. But they also show that the single, most powerful predictor of treatment outcome =strength of the relationship between patient & therapist ("therapeutic alliance"). ...Read more

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Is psychotherapy for treating depression?

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

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Clinical psychologist vs. Rehabilitation counselor vs. Counseling psychologist? What's the difference between the 3?

Clinical psychologist vs. Rehabilitation counselor vs. Counseling psychologist?  What's the difference between the 3?

Let's start with: clinical psychologist vs. counseling psychologist. The former focuses more on diagnosis and treatment of major mental illness but can also treat developmental issues that most of us go through as we grow. Counseling psychologists focus more on development through the life span and not so much on major mental illness. A rehabilitation counselor helps folks back from illness and may train them. ...Read more

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What's individualized vs group counseling for addiction?

What's individualized vs group  counseling for addiction?

2 parts of treatment: Counseling may be provided on a one to one basis (individual) or in a group. Most of the time, both kinds of counseling are necessary for successful treatment of substance abuse or dependence. ...Read more

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Can a psychiatrist practice psychoterapy?

YES, DEFINETLY: So far, all this is in line with the New York Times piece. But the article failed to mention that most psychiatrists (59.4%) continue to provide psychotherapy to at least some of their patients.1 Moreover, when we read the discussion section of the Mojtabai-Olfson study, we find an important caveat. The design of their study required that “psychotherapy visits” had to be longer than 30 minutes. ...Read more

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Difference between psychotherapy and rehabilitation counseling?

Difference between psychotherapy and rehabilitation counseling?

Reflective vs direct: Psychotherapy is a broader base and more reflective. Rehabilitative therapy is more focused on solutions for or remediation of specific functioning loss. ...Read more

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What is different about psyd vs phd training for psych?

What is different about psyd vs phd training for psych?

Clinical focus: Although both psyd and phd psychologists are trained in the care of those with mental disorders, psyd programs focus primarily of preparing the person to be a therapist and tester, whereas phd programs also teach research techniques and require a formal, completed research project for completion of training. ...Read more

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A doctor vs psychologist= who understands ADHD better?

A doctor vs psychologist= who understands ADHD better?

Chicken or the egg?: The title behind the professional is not as important as the years of expertise in the subject matter, the level of interest and compasion for the patients problems, and your ease , trust and communication with him/her.Md and psychologists are part of a comprehensive team of professionals, not mutually exclusive, i propose you see both! ...Read more

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Can a behavioral therapist rehabilitate a schizo affective individual?

Can a behavioral therapist rehabilitate a schizo affective individual?

Not sure: I am not sure what you mean by rehabilitate, but i would say that, in addition to medication management, behavioral therapy can definitely be beneficial. Often times, people with chronic mental illnesses do much better with structure in their lives. ...Read more

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How effective is cognitive behavioral therapy in dealing with depression and emotional distress?

How effective is cognitive behavioral therapy in dealing with depression and emotional distress?

Very effective: Cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) can be very helpful for depression & emotional distress. With it, you explore your thinking patterns and see how these can lead to depressed feelings. With your therapist's help, you learn ways of moving beyond these, or correcting assumptions that lead to suffering. In terms of effectiveness, cbt can outlast antidepressants, and also improve outcomes. ...Read more

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Is there a practice treating anxiety / panic disorders without ssri, snri, bzd and cbt?

Is there a practice treating anxiety / panic disorders without ssri, snri, bzd and cbt?

NO: I am not aware of any evidence based effective treatment for panic disorder that is widely practiced with a consensus other than what you mentioned ...What is wrong with the above ? ...Read more

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How effective is rational emotive behavior therapy for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

How effective is rational emotive behavior therapy for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Rational emotive: therapy is an early form of Cognitive Therapy or CT. Research shows Exposure+Response Prevention and CT work best. E+RP is a structured program of confronting the feared situation or thought without using the compulsive behavior to escape from it. CT challenges faulty thinking associated with OCD. Effective treatment with either approach takes a very skilled therapist. ...Read more

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Schizophrenia without antipsychotics. Alternative approach to psychosis? Gaba? B3? 5htp? Omega3? Dosage?

Schizophrenia without antipsychotics. Alternative approach to psychosis? Gaba? B3? 5htp? Omega3? Dosage?

Alternatives: No responsible physician can make recommendations like you're requesting on the internet, without seeing you and evaluating your situation. Schizophrenia is a serious illness, and you deserve effective treatment with a good doctor. There are psychiatrists who know about nutrition, and who integrate different types of treatment. See http://www.Inimh.Org/ and http://www.Holisticboard.Org/. ...Read more

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How different is psy.D. Vs ph.D in clinical psychology?

How different is psy.D. Vs ph.D in clinical psychology?

Focus: The psy.D. Focuses more on practice based upon psychological knowledge. When they emerge from school, usually they have moderately more field experience than a pH.D. The pH.D. Focuses more on research, but in clinical and counseling psychology must also amass hands-on experiences. Over time, the two tend to even out, with pH.D.'s perhaps doing more academic work on average. ...Read more

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How are psychotherapy and clinical psychology different?

How are psychotherapy and clinical psychology different?

An apple and orange: Clinical psychology is a field of study or discipline. Psychotherapy is a treatment that is employed by clinical psychologists. Psychotherapy is aimed at behavior change to improve the quality of life of the patient. ...Read more

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Is lamicatal 200mg and Abilify (aripiprazole) 30mg a good Tx for bipolar depression along with psychotherapy?

Is lamicatal 200mg and Abilify (aripiprazole) 30mg a good Tx for bipolar depression along with psychotherapy?

Is my tx : The best person to answer this question Is you, in concert with a doctor you trust. These medications are certainly used for the diagnoses you mention. However; the best way to know how well these meds are working for you is discuss your current symptom profile, and determine if your symptoms are optimally controlled on this regimen. ...Read more

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Could a psychiatrist do a lot of psychotherapy?

Absolutely: Historically, psychiatric practice was mainly psychotherapy and/or psychoanalysis. This has shifted in recent decades; most psychiatrists now focus on medication and other biological treatments. However, there remains a number of us who primarily offer psychotherapy, with optional meds if needed. So yes, some psychiatrists do a lot of psychotherapy. ...Read more

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