How does psychotherapy work to improve mental health?

Anonymous asked 2 months ago

How does psychotherapy work to improve mental health?

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Ramal Lakshan Staff answered 2 months ago

There are many variations of psychotherapy and they all work a bit differently, but there are some basic features that make the good ones work.
The basis of all good psychotherapy is that you enter into a relationship with your therapist that allows you to be honest, open, and to not feel judged.  You have to have complete trust that anything and everything you say will be confidential and that your therapist has good training so that he or she can focus on you and your wants and needs, without too much interference from his or her own values.
Hopefully, during the course of therapy, which can last from two meetings to several years, you will be able to have a greater understanding of why you were suffering, and you will also have learned new ways of dealing with your difficulties so that you won’t be suffering as much.
How you learn these new ways varies with the kind of therapist you are seeing, and also with each therapist.  Some therapists give you more time to sort out your own thinking.  They expect that just by seeing what your own thoughts and feeling are, with some guidance, you will find your own solutions.
Others are more directive, asking a question, showing you your missteps.  Still, others are more like teachers or coaches, who have specific things for you to think about or try.
Whatever kind of therapist you choose, it is most important that you feel that he or she is listening to you, understands what you are saying on many levels and that you trust that he or she is always acting in your best interests.
In most studies, psychotherapy has proven to have deeper and more lasting effects than taking pills or other more unorthodox approaches.