Communication is a huge part of our life and well being. It makes us feel that our voice is being heard and gives us a sense of being visible. It makes us feel alive and connected. A lot of our emotional problems stem from our inability to communicate or the lack of opportunity to communicate. Good news doesn’t feel good when you have no one to share it with and bad news feels worse when there is no one to listen to you.
In this busy world we often forget how to open up and pay the price for it later. This is why the existence of talk therapy, also known as psychotherapy is such a blessing. The American Psychiatric Association describes psychotherapy as a way to help people with a broad variety of mental illnesses and emotional difficulties. Psychotherapy can help eliminate or control troubling symptoms so a person can function better and can increase well-being and healing.
Talk therapy, sometimes simply called therapy, involves a client and a mental health professional communicating with each other. The client is given an opportunity to completely unburden themselves of everything that is affecting them negatively. The issues are addressed before the psychotherapist starts to dig deeper into their experience, problems and history to get a better understanding about their client.
The treatment continues as the therapist attempts to give the client the tools to cope with their difficulties and heal from their emotional wounds. The sessions could be short term (two or three weeks) or long term (months or years) according to the improvement of the client and the complexity of their issues. Psychotherapy happens to be the preferred method of treatment for most people who are reluctant to be on medications.
Psychotherapy is used to treat a number of mental health issues including insomnia, depression, anxiety, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, antisocial personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, postpartum depression, self harm, suicidal tendencies and so on.