What is Talk Therapy?

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Who – Talk Therapy can be provided by practitioners of various levels. This includes psychologists, and psychiatrists as well as psychiatric nurses, counselors, and social workers. These are all people who are qualified to work with clients in the role of therapist. One of the most important things to keep in mind when choosing a talk therapist is to ensure that they have the appropriate credentials. You can check a therapist’s credentials at http://www.nbcc.org/verify.

What – Talk therapy is among the most commonly used types of mental health treatments. It is often referred to as psychotherapy by clinicians. While there are several different types of talk therapies they are all based on a few important assumptions.

  • Talk therapy is a collaborative effort between the provider and the client.

  • The goals of this type of therapy are to use dialogue in an effort to either overcome a life event that has had a negative impact or manage an ongoing chronic mental illness.

  • Talk therapy may be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment, including medication treatment.

Talk therapy can help in a variety of ways. Some of the most common include:

  • Understand your thoughts and feelings

  • Identify things that may be negatively impacting your life

  • Improve your relationships

  • Overcome fears or insecurities

  • Identify your individual goals and aspirations

  • Manage the effects of stress on the brain and body

  • Process past traumatic experiences

  • Better understand a mental health diagnosis

  • Identify things that are holding you back

  • Replace unhealthy behaviors and thoughts with more healthy alternatives

  • Help manage a difficult time in your life such as divorce or loss of a loved one

  • Identify your unique triggers

When – Talk therapy is something that people may need at various points throughout their life. It could be that they develop symptoms of mental illness in their teens or twenties. It could also be a significant life event later in life. Regardless of when someone experiences the need for help, beginning Talk Therapy is something that can happen whenever it is needed. There is no limit to when is the right time.

Where – Psychotherapy can happen in a surprising variety of settings. While most people think of the traditional office setting, there are other ways in which you can engage in your therapy. One such trend that is seeing tremendous growth is teletherapy. Online or virtual therapy has been in existence for a number of years. However, closures and shut down’s caused by COVID-19 have led to widespread growth in telehealth. This has allowed people with chronic mental illnesses to continue working with their talk therapist even when they cannot meet in person.

Why – Talk therapy is considered one of the most effective treatments for many common diagnoses like depression and anxiety, making it the treatment of choice for many providers. Research studies have shown that Talk Therapy is one of the most comprehensive and effective types of treatment.

Another reason that many people respond well to Talk Therapy is that so many different types of treatments fall under this umbrella. Meaning that your therapist can use an eclectic range of talk therapies to find the most effective treatment plan for you.

Misconceptions about Talk Therapy:

  • Therapy doesn’t really work.

  • Therapy is only for people with serious mental health issues.

  • Talking to someone about my problems won’t actually help

  • I can fix the problem myself

  • Once I start going to therapy, I’ll have to go forever

How Does Talk Therapy Work?

Talk Therapy is an evidence-based process that teaches you to better understand how your mind works and how it interacts with your body.

Participating will help you better navigate your feelings, adopt more prosocial behaviors, and learn to better manage the way you think. As part of this process you will work with your therapist to do things like goal setting, tracking and monitoring your progress and readjusting goals as needed. Once your goals have been identified you work together to develop the skills and tools you need to support those goals.

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