What is Therapy?

The definition of therapy is a treatment intended to relieve or heal a disorder.

What is the purpose of Therapy?

The primary purpose of therapy is to help treat personal challenges and learn how to best live with or overcome illnesses and disorders that may affect a person’s daily life.

Before someone seeks out therapy, they should ask themselves what they want to get out of it, or what is the main purpose.  As with most focused conversations, whether it be personal or business related, it is important to understand your goals and objectives before meeting.  This not only gives the therapists direction, it also makes the best use of time for the patient.

Who can benefit from Therapy?

At some point in life, everyone can benefit from therapy.   There aren’t many people that go through life without at least a few tough times that challenge a person’s psyche.  Below is a list of common reasons to seek therapy.

  • Trouble managing stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Health Issues
  • Spiritual Issues
  • Phobias
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Family Issues
  • Relationship Issues
  • Substance Abuse Problems

Types of Therapy

Therapy can come in all shapes and forms.  There is no cure-all for mental illnesses and disorders, which leads to various ways to treat different types of disorders.   Below are some of the common types of therapy that help treat many different mental illnesses and disorders.

Individual Therapy – Individual therapy, often called counseling or psychotherapy, is a type of therapy that only involves the patient and a licensed therapists.  Individual therapy generally takes place in the private office of a trained therapist, but can also take place in a hospital, mental health facility, school, over the phone, and even chat or video conferencing in some cases with the advancement of technology.  It is important that the patient feel safe, secure, and know what they say is confidential.  This allows the patient to freely provide information with no judgment or negative repercussions.

Group Therapy – Group therapy is when two or more individuals participate in a therapy session with one or more trained therapist at the same time.  On a broad scale, group therapy can apply to a range personal disorders and problems including but not limited to eating disorders, anger management, and substance abuse.  Group therapy can take place in professional settings, places of worship, peoples’ homes, and even public places.

Family Therapy – Family therapy can be helpful for many families because a patients’ family members are often times the people who can and will help aid the person back to recovery.  Family therapy can be helpful in any situation that causes conflict, stress, anger, or grief.

Marital/Couples Therapy – Couples therapy is typically more focused on the current day to day problems and is designed to focus on managing situations and feelings.  Effective marital and couples therapists can help in how the relationship between two people is viewed, modifying dysfunctional behaviors, decreasing emotional avoidance, improving communication, and focusing on both problems and strengths of the relationship.

How long does Therapy Take?

According to a study in the American Journal of Psychiatry, the average number of therapy visits for a specific treatment ranges between 3-10 visits.   1 in 9 people had more than 20 therapy sessions for treatment.

Factors that contributes to the length of therapy include insurance contribution, personal finances, work schedules, type of disorders or problems being treated, and the goals of the patient.

Is therapy the best solution for help?

 Therapy is often times the best option to overcoming personal illnesses, fears, and phobias.  Sometimes when therapy is not enough, a combination of therapy and prescribed medication can help.