Whether you have a mental illness or addiction, psychotherapy is used to help people with a broad range of emotional difficulties. Many people with addiction have attempted to self-medicate with substances in order to further suppress painful feelings or to cover distressing symptoms of an underlying mental illness; many with mental illness often struggle to make sense of their lived experiences as they navigate their way through life. As explained by the American Psychological Association (APA), there are many types of psychotherapy that may be used, depending on a client’s needs:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) – helps a person identify and change harmful or ineffective thought patterns and behaviors, replacing them with more functioning ones
- Interpersonal therapy (IPT) – assists clients in understanding interpersonal problems such as grief, changing in social or work roles, conflicts with significant others, and more
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) – a type of CBT that helps individuals regulate their emotions
- Psychodynamic therapy – based on the concept that people are influenced by their childhood experiences and inappropriate, repetitive thoughts that are out of one’s consciousness; a therapist works to bring more awareness to the client
- Psychoanalysis – more intensive form of psychodynamic therapy in which sessions occur 3 or more times a week
- Supportive therapy – utilizes guidance and encouragement to help people build their self-esteem, reduce their anxiety, strengthen their coping mechanisms, and more
Additional therapies may include experiential therapy, drama therapy, writing therapy, play therapy, and more. Unfortunately, it is estimated that as many as 20% of adult clients prematurely terminate their psychotherapy. A 2015 book published by the APA states the importance of your therapist’s role in establishing proper rules and behaviors, working with your preferences, educating you on patterns of change, and planning your later termination with you. If you’ve been participating in psychotherapy and feel that it’s not benefitting you, speak with your therapist to determine if a change is needed.
If you haven’t sought out help yet, psychotherapy could be a great option for you. With diverse types available, your therapist can work with you to determine the most effective approach to adequately meet your needs. Seek the help you need today.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.