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How does a typical psychotherapy appointment proceed?

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
12 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Steven Reidbord
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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Also exposure therapies teach you coping skills to handle uncomfortable emotions like anxiety, and then slowly desensitize you by exposing you slowly to the thing that causes the uncomfortable emotions
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Yes, there are too many "typical" therapy appointments to describe in 400 characters. Some therapists are quite "directive" and orchestrate the session, others improvise as they go, others say very little, and still others follow a manual. There are different "schools" of therapy, with a "typical" session for each school.
Dr. Richard Levenson
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Psychotherapy

Initially, there is information gathering from one's personal history.
Mixed into that should be an atmosphere of security, genuineness, caring, and warmth.

In brief: Psychotherapy

Initially, there is information gathering from one's personal history.
Mixed into that should be an atmosphere of security, genuineness, caring, and warmth.
Dr. Richard Levenson
Dr. Richard Levenson
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: The 50 min hour

The first few visits are allocated to obtaining a history.
Then problems are determined and possible solutions are suggested. Each visit is usually 50 minutes. Each follow up appointment revisits the progress or lack thereof in accomplishing the previous sessions goals.

In brief: The 50 min hour

The first few visits are allocated to obtaining a history.
Then problems are determined and possible solutions are suggested. Each visit is usually 50 minutes. Each follow up appointment revisits the progress or lack thereof in accomplishing the previous sessions goals.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Talking

Usually the patient describes the emotional issues that he or she is suffering to the psychotherapist.
The psychotherapist will do much more listening than talking. Occasionally a psychotherapist will ask empathic and relevant questions about how the emotional issues came into being, andhow they impact your life.

In brief: Talking

Usually the patient describes the emotional issues that he or she is suffering to the psychotherapist.
The psychotherapist will do much more listening than talking. Occasionally a psychotherapist will ask empathic and relevant questions about how the emotional issues came into being, andhow they impact your life.
Dr. Andrew Berry
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