Psychotherapy, which is also referred to as therapy, counseling, or “talk therapy,” is a general term that is used to describe treatment processes that mental health providers use to treat mental illness. While undergoing psychotherapy, clients learn about their presenting symptoms and their connections to moods, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
People often seek psychotherapy when they are struggling with life, relationship, work, or mental health related issues for an extended period of time. Depending on the severity of the client’s situation, psychotherapy can often be combined with medications as prescribed by a physician. Psychotherapy as a standalone treatment however, can be very effective for many mental illnesses. Modern psychotherapy is usually time-limited and geared towards goals that the client establishes. At the onset of psychotherapy, individuals typically undergo some form of a formative and assessment which can last for a couple of hours. Prior to beginning counseling sessions, individuals typically undergo assessment and co-construct a treatment plan with their therapists. Sessions typically range from 45 to 50 minutes.
For additional information on different types of psychotherapy, visit the National Institute of Mental Health’s website.
Anissa Howard Counseling & Psychotherapy Services, LLC offers several therapeutic services at the Middle Georgia Associates location.