Psychotherapy and Counseling
Psychotherapy is a general term referring to therapeutic interaction or treatment contracted between a trained professional and a client, patient, family, couple or group. The problems addressed are psychological in nature and can vary in terms of their causes, influences, triggers and potential resolutions. Accurate assessment of these and other variables is dependent on the practitioner's capability and can change or evolve as the practitioner acquires greater experience, knowledge and insight.
Psychotherapy aims to increase the individual's sense of his/her own well-being. Psychotherapists employ a range of techniques based on experiential relationship building, dialogue, communication and behavior change that are designed to improve the mental health of a client or patient or to improve group relationships (such as in a family). Counseling is usually used for a range of day to day life issues.
Common Problems Faced
Anxiety is a vague feeling of dread that something is going to go wrong. The person who experiences clinical levels of anxiety, feels keyed up's "on edge" constantly. They may be ridden with worries and other physical symptoms too.
Depression and anxiety might seem like opposites, but they often go together. More than half of the people diagnosed with depression also have anxiety.
Either condition can be disabling on its own. Together, depression and anxiety can be especially hard to live with, hard to diagnose, and hard to treat.
Stress is the body's reaction to a change that requires a physical, mental or emotional adjustment or response.
Stress can come from any situation or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, nervous or anxious. Stress is caused by an existing stress causing factor or “stressor”.
Dealing with a serious illness or caring for someone who is can cause a great deal of stress.
OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
This is an anxiety disorder characterized by two core symptoms: Obsessions and Compulsions.
Obsessions are thoughts, images, or ideas that won't go away, are unwanted and cause extreme distress.
- You might worry constantly about becoming contaminated with a deadly disease.
- That you will do something terrible, like scream out an obscenity at a funeral.
- That something horrible will happen to a loved one.
Other common obsessions include Repeated doubts.
- Believing you may hit someone with your car.
- A need for order.
- Aggressive or disturbing ideas such as thoughts of murdering your partner or child as well as disturbing sexual and religious imagery.
Compulsions are behavior that you feel you must carry out over and over.
- If you are obsessed with contamination, you might wash your hands over and over again.
- Cleaning, Counting, Checking, Requesting or Demanding reassurance and ensuring order and symmetry.