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 wellbeing. 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 mediation alone, won't help, as we can't be in a meditative state 24*7! 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. There is no reason for you to feel even the slightest bit of 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 Include:
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 and Eating disorders, Bi-Polar issues, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPS), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and other pathological disorders.
Don’t worry about the terminology; if you’re suffering from a mental health issue and need help, that’s what I do. 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 conversations with a therapist/counsellor.
We all go through stress, anxiety and other emotional disturbances. You need to ask yourself –
- Are they making you dysfunctional in any way?
- Is your daily life getting affected because of them?
- Do you find that you’re overwhelmed and unable to cope by yourself?
If the answer to these questions is ‘yes’, then it’s quite certain, you need some support 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 layperson and an expert trained to understand and handle issues related to mental health.
Mental disturbances could also be pathological, meaning there could be a 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 that person can give.
The most important aspect here is YOUR admittance and acceptance of the issue and willingness to work on it. That’s half the battle won! The rest is what I’m here to help you take care of.
That’s rather subjective and depends on the severity of your condition and how well you adapt to counselling. However, a typical session takes about 45 minutes to an hour.
It may take you several sessions before you start seeing results as the process takes time and patience.