In psychotherapy, medications are not used; instead, the therapeutic tool is ‘word’. There are many varieties of psychotherapeutic approaches: psychoanalytic, behavioural, cognitive, suggestive and others. The choice of the method used depends on your condition and your preference. Dr Bahjat will give you the full explanation, advantages and disadvantages of each method. Your condition may need a combination of psychotherapy with medication.
How can Psychotherapy benefit patients suffering from mental illness?
Psychotherapy provides patients with the tools to better manage their symptoms, allowing for a greater quality of life that will benefit them in the long term.
What are some of the different types of Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy, like Psychopharmacology, is tailored to suit the individual needs of the patient. There are a number of different methods of Psychotherapy used in Psychiatry, and each will have varying results dependent on the specific requirements of the patient.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
This treatment centres on a person’s negative thoughts and beliefs, and attempts to alter these into healthier and more positive thinking. This can be an extremely effective way to transform the patient’s unhealthy behaviour, and allow them to solve the root of their problems.
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
Used to help those with borderline personality disorders, this therapy focuses on the blending of opposing extreme ideas until more balanced and logical thoughts are reached. A strong bond is encouraged between therapist and patient, which can result in a greater understanding and respect of one another. The patient is shown that their thoughts are valued, but that they also must take responsibility for their unhealthy behaviours, and implement the skills they have been taught by their therapist.
This treatment is used to help those with depression, and specifically concentrates on the patient’s ability to communicate and socialise effectively. This very one-on-one based treatment will help the patient identify troubling emotions and unhealthy behaviours, and will give them to tools to challenge these behaviours and effectively express their emotions.
Will Psychotherapy benefit me?
Psychotherapy is a wide-ranging and flexible method of treating a varying array of mental illnesses. Unfortunately there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to treatment, and the results can vary dramatically patient to patient. However, in its flexibility, Psychotherapy can offer a uniquely designed treatment plan suited to your individual mental health needs. Regular therapy appointments with Dr Bahjat can provide the professional support you need to effectively challenge destructive behaviours, and enable you to learn new and healthy ways of living.