Psychotherapy for depression is often a treatment selected for those suffering from minor to medium levels of depression. When choosing a psychotherapist as your chosen therapy specialist in helping you to heal from depression it is likely you have many questions about what to expect and have some apprehension if using a therapy new to you. We at Seek a Therapy want to help answer your questions and concerns surrounding psychotherapy in order to help you select the right Psychotherapist for you and on this page we have included some of the most common questions a person may have before treatment.
What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a type of therapy used to treat emotional problems and mental health conditions.
Psycotherapy involves talking to a qualified and trained therapist, either one to one, in a group or with your significant other/family. Psychotherapy shines light on your problems in order to delve deeper into your problems and worries and study learnt habits. It is often the case psychotherapy usually involves talking but sometimes you can use art, music, drama and movement.
Psychotherapy gives you a safe, confidential place to be able to discuss your feelings that you have about a range of issues. From family, your perception of other people and anything relating to your particular situation.
What to Expect From Psychotherpay
A Psychotherapist is a mental health professionals who is trained to listen to a person’s problem and aid in helping to find a solution. Usually, a psychotherapist will have a very comfortable space where you can rest, feel at ease and share and discuss your situation in a very secure and private environment.
Psychotherapists work with varying types of people, with varying backgrounds, cultures, beliefs and problems and thus are never going to be judging you, they’ve heard everything and are there to help you as much as possible.
Initially, in your first session with your therapist you will most likely, discuss your problem and then begin to suggest strategies and techniques that will help you to challenge your own attitudes and behaviours that are causing you particular problems.
Depending upon the psychotherapist you choose, it is known that some therapists teach skills to help tolerate painful emotions, improve your behaviour and if necessary manage relationships more effectively. It is sometimes the case that after some time with a psychologists strategies you will be encouraged ( with the support of your therapist) to also develop your own solutions.
Every single time you work with a professional accredited psychotherapist they will treat your sessions as confidential meaning that you if you want to share information that may cause you embarssement or discomfort it will never leave the therapy room. You can rest assured your problem is only between you and your therapist.
Some psychotherapists work in group sessions as well as individually and in this situation people with similar problems will advise and support one another through their problems ( you do not need to take part in group therapy, it is a choice that some psychotherapists provide).
What Is The Difference Between Psychotherapy And Counselling?
Many people get confused about the difference between psychotherapy and counselling and often wonder whether there is a difference at all. The counsellors guide suggest that counsellors are usually therapists that offer similar services of talkin in a secure environment but focus around behavioural patterns whereas a psychotherapist may delve deeper into emotional problems and difficulties through various means as previously mentioned.
Counselling usually refers to a brief treatment that centres around behaviour patterns. Psychotherapy focuses on working with clients for a longer-term and draws from insight into emotional problems and difficulties.
Below is a short list of differences between counselling and psychotherapy from The Counsellors which may help you in choosing the right therapist for you.
- Helps people identify problems and crises and encourages them to take positive steps to resolve these issues.
- It is the best course of therapeutic treatment for anyone who already has an understanding of wellbeing, and who is also able to resolve problems.
- Counselling is a short-term process that encourages the change of behaviour.
- Helps people with psychological problems that have built up over the course of a long period of time.
- It will help you understand your feelings, thoughts and actions more clearly.
- Psychotherapy is a longer-term process of treatment that identifies emotional issues and the background to problems and difficulties.
How Can Psychotherapy Help Ease My Depression?
Psychotherapy can help ease your depression because it helps you to identify your illness, your feelings and life issues surrounding it. It will raise issues on your past that will help you focus on things in the present and help you to build resilience for future challenges that may arise.
- Understand your illness
- Define and reach wellness goals
- Overcome fears or insecurities
- Cope with stress
- Make sense of past traumatic experiences
- Separate your true personality from the mood swings caused by your illness
- Identify triggers that may worsen your symptoms
- Improve relationships with family and friends
- Establish a stable, dependable routine
- Develop a plan for coping with crises
- Understand why things bother you and what you can do about them
- End destructive habits such as drinking, using drugs, overspending or unhealthy sex.
How Much Does A Typical Psychotherapy Session Cost?
If you are based in the UK you can ask your GP for help with a psychotherapist on the NHS but often there is a wait. If this is the case then you can go private ( and we have several psychotherapists in our directory in the UK, USA, Europe and Asia) where costs range from £40/$50 per session and sometimes can go up to £150/$200 and occassionally more depending upon the therapists experience, speciality and location.
How Do I Know Which Psychotherapist To Choose?
Your GP will often have several accredited psychotherapists that they can point you in the direction of but even if they do and you feel that the therapist isn’t right for you then it is completely fine to find a new specialist.
One of the most important part of psychotherapy is the relationship between yourself and the therapist in order to be able to trust and open up about all your thoughts and feelings in order to be able to work on them.
When you find the right psychotherapist that offers you good communication, a partnership, trust, goals and a feeling of genuine understanding then together, over time, you will be able to challenge your thoughts, beliefs and perceptions.
How Long Does It Take To Heal Depression With Psychotherapy?
You will meet your therapist regularly, usually once a week, for several months, or sometimes even years. Individual sessions last about 50 minutes, but group sessions are often a bit longer.
At the beginnig you are likely to see your therapist more often, and later, as you learn to manage your problems and avoid triggers, you might go to psychotherapy appointments less often.
What If Psychotherapy Doesn’t Work For Me?
First of all, don’t worry!
If you think psychotherapy is the right therapy but you have the wrong therapist then you have every right to seek a second opinion and you will not offend your therapist, they just want you to heal from your difficulty as best you can and you deserve to feel better. If, on the other hand, you don’t feel psychotherapy is working at all then do not be disheartened, there are many, many different types of therapy to heal from depression and psychotherapy is only one. Use our therapy directory to find a different therapy, you may find hypnotherapy works better or possibly some holistic treatment. The key is not to think this is your only option.
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Please note : This information should not replace professional medical advice, it is purely for informational purposes . At all times when you are in crisis please first seek help from your GP or another medical professional. Thankyou