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Psychotherapy involves regular personal interaction and the use of psychological methods and techniques particularly, to help change behavior and overcome problems in desired ways.
Psychotherapy aims to improve an individual’s well-being and mental health, to assist with the change of unhelpful behaviors, beliefs, compulsions, thoughts, or emotions, and to improve relationships and social skills.
There are many different psychotherapy techniques involving one-to-one sessions, between client and therapist . Psychotherapists may be mental health professionals such as psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, or professional counselors. At Talk in the Bay all Psychotherapists are members of a professional organisation and abide by a strict code of ethics.
Psychotherapy May include:
- Respecting the patient’s struggles offering a client positive regards and empathy
- Exploring and paying attention to what a client says (as well as what they don’t say) and their body language, as well as asking questions to better understand the client and clear up contradictions.
- Explaining to a client’s any cognitive distortions that may be shaping the session, as well as considering any other factors (sociological, interpersonal, developmental, etc.) that could shape their client’s thinking
- Presenting interpretations to the client so they can agree or disagree with them, challenging any destructive or dishonest behaviours, and offering alternative healthier behaviours to deal with things