Psychotherapy is also known as ‘Talk Therapy’ and treats deep mental issues and ailments.
Counselling is also a form of Talk Therapy, encouraging behavioural change and emotional well being. There is a thin line between Psychotherapy and Counselling, which is inconsequential to the client. The session is conducted by a psychologist- who can either be a psychotherapist or a trained counsellor.
WHO research shows that by 2020, stress leading to a host of life threatening illnesses, like depression, will be the gravest of health related concerns. And most certainly, popping pills won’t be the answer! Speaking to a therapist in time, can save lives.
Besides, it’s a more professional way of addressing issues, which at times, your friends or dear ones, may not be able to help with.
Also remember, no issue is too small, unimportant or irrelevant to seek professional support. Nor is there any reason, for you to feel the slightest embarrassment or hesitation, to share disturbing matters that disrupt your peace of mind, and /or affect your health and family life.
Some issues treated with Psychotherapy are:
Stress, Anxiety, Anger, Rejection, Depression, Shyness, Lack of confidence, Low self esteem, Grief, Guilt, Procrastination, Relationship issues, Fears, Phobias, Panic attacks, Substance abuse/ Addictions, Obesity & Eating disorders, Bi Polar, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPS), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and other pathological disorders.
As mentioned earlier, the terminology should make no difference to the lay person, suffering from a mental health issue and needing help. The subtle difference between the two is primarily for mental health professionals. The process pretty much remains the same – discussing and treating the problem through a conversation, with a therapist / counsellor.
We all go through stress, anxiety and other emotional disturbances. However, the question here is, are they making us dysfunctional in any way? Is our daily life getting affected due to them? Do we find that we are overwhelmed and unable to cope by ourselves? If the answer to the questions is yes, then most definitely support is needed, to bring back the balance required for normalcy.
Of course they can and their support is extremely crucial during the journey towards getting better. However, there is a marked difference in speaking with another lay person and an expert, trained to understand and handle issues related to mental health, isn’t there?
Mental disturbances could also be pathological, meaning, pointing to the presence of a mental disorder, for which medication, apart from regular therapy may be necessary.
Either way, a professional is a far better bet in such matters, than the friendly neighbourhood ‘go to’ person because the help needed could be far more, than what the person can give.
No rocket science there. If you find yourself becoming dysfunctional or overwhelmed by the problem, ask around for a professional therapist practicing in your vicinity, call up and schedule an appointment.
The most important aspect here, is YOUR admittance and acceptance of the issue, and willingness to work on it. That is half the battle won! The rest, the therapist / counsellor will take care of.
A typical session takes about 45 minutes to an hour and the number of sessions depends on the severity of the condition.