Group therapy typically consists of between four and 10 patients and between one and two therapists. Group therapy can be used to treat a wide variety of patients, patients suffering from depression, from anxiety, from PTSD. Group therapy can often be very helpful because you get the social support from all the other patients in the group to sort of understand that you're not alone in this journey. The things you're experiencing other people are experiencing too. Also, when you're in group therapy, people can give you advice on, Hey, I dealt with that. Here's how I dealt with that. Group therapy can often be a less expensive alternative to individual therapy. However, oftentimes patients will see individual therapy as well as group therapy. Group therapy can either be process-based or skills-based. Process-Based group therapy focuses on people sharing their experiences with one another and talking about how they feel about those experiences. Oftentimes it can be very cathartic to hear other people speak about their issues as well as being able to speak about your issues to other people. Skills-Based group therapy is much more focused on learning skills to cope with specific issues such as depression or anxiety. When deciding between a skills-based or process-based group, it's important to consider where you are in your journey. If you're just getting started, maybe a skills-based group would be good for you to learn some coping skills for your anxiety or your depression to manage it and then maybe you might consider going to a process-based group. Group therapy is a very popular form of therapy and there may be one closer than you think. Talk to your doctor or therapist about a group therapy that might be the right fit for you in a private practice, clinic, or hospital setting.
Individual therapy is where you meet one-on-one with a therapist to talk about your problems. Sessions can typically last between 45 and 60 minutes. Individual therapy is a great way to get personalized therapy tailored towards your needs. You'll be able to sometimes learn skills or just talk about yourself and learn what makes you you, what makes you tick.
Relationships can be very difficult sometimes. Maybe you have difficulty communicating with your partner. Maybe you find yourself getting angry with your partner all the time. Maybe you just feel like you and your partner aren't on the same page. This might be a good time to consider couples therapy. Many people think couples therapy is only for couples that are going to break up, but if that were true, no one would ever go to couples therapy. Couples therapy is actually helpful towards improving the communication in a relationship as well as identifying patterns that you may not be aware of yourself that you're participating in. Oftentimes, couples therapy will lead to more successful and strong relationships, whereas people that don't go to couples therapy, will typically end up breaking up. If you are thinking couples therapy might be good for your relationship, but you're not sure how to approach the subject with your partner, you may consider talking about how you feel in the relationship and sharing your perspective on it and including your contribution to what's going on. People are often more likely to listen when they're not being told what's wrong with them. If you're able to approach the topic of couples therapy with your partner, you'll be able to find a couples therapist in many different places. Ask your doctor or therapist for referral. One of the most difficult things in a relationship is where one partner feels, I think we should see a couples therapist and has to find a way to convey that to their partner. The best way to do that is to communicate your feelings and how you feel you contribute to the issues in their relationship and that you want to work on that with a couples therapist. Oftentimes other people are more or less more willing to listen if you're talking about yourself as opposed to telling them what's wrong with them. In relationships, people can get very defensive, so if you tell your partner we need to go to couples therapy, your partner may feel they must think something's wrong with me. So be sensitive to that and try to communicate why you feel it would help you in the relationship. When looking for a couples therapist, it's important to find someone who is not biased, so not one of the two of your therapists. Additionally, it's going to be really important that there's a good fit between the therapist and both you and your partner. It may be good to talk to your partner after the first therapy session about how he or she felt that that therapy session went. There's often a stigma with couples therapy where people may think, if we go to couples therapy, we're going to break up. In fact, it's the opposite. In couples therapy, you can learn skills that can be really helpful in creating a stronger bond in your relationship, as well as learning patterns of behavior that may contribute to many different arguments or fights that you're already having. Oftentimes, people who come out of couples therapy come out with a stronger bond and feel even closer to their partners.
In a family, there are many different types of people and personalities that can contribute to fights or other issues. When that happens, it may be wise to seek the consult of a family therapist. A family therapist will help break down the systems of the family, as well as look at each individual person's contribution to the family unit. By identifying patterns as well as working together to create systems that will help the family thrive as a unit, the therapist can really help a family become a more cohesive and harmonious family. Oftentimes in family therapy, parents can learn parenting skills on how to help control a child that may be a little out of control or overactive. Similarly, in family therapy, the therapist may work with the parents to strengthen their relationship as opposed to the relationship with either one of the parents and the child. Family therapy is very common and you can ask for a referral from your doctor or therapist. Sometimes individual therapy can be helpful in sort of understanding your contribution to a situation, but when it feels like it's out of control and there's too many people that are contributing to the problem, it may be time to seek a family therapist. Oftentimes, family therapists will be able to see the whole picture of the family. They'll be able to look at this is what the child is contributing and looking for in the family relationship. This is what the father's looking for. This is what the mother's looking for. This is what any other individual in the relationship is looking for, and this is how they're contributing to the family dynamic that's creating problems, arguments, and other issues. Oftentimes people think, oh, I can just tough it out or deal with it myself, but that's exactly the time when you should go seek a therapist to help you identify the things that you may not be able to identify yourself.
CBT or cognitive behavior therapy is a therapy that was developed by Aaron Beck and focuses on how your thoughts impact your behaviors as well as your emotions. The C or cognitive focuses on your thoughts. This means any sort of thought that might come into your head at any given moment. For example, if I bumped into someone on the street, I may have the thought, oh, that person hates me. When I think about that thought a little more, I may realize, oh, they look like they were in a rush. Maybe they don't hate me. The behavior refers to any actions or physical feelings you might have as a result of that thought. So for example, if someone bumps into me, I may turn around and look at them funny. Finally, emotions are the result of the thought as well as the behavior. The emotion that comes out of thinking someone hates me can be very defensive or insecure. However, if I'm able to reformulate that thought, I then have a different emotion of more security and confidence. CBT is typically short term and structured. Your CBT therapist will typically assign you homework assignments for you to do over the course of the week so that when you come back to therapy, you can pick up where you left off. Research shows that CBT therapy is one of the most effective forms of therapy and should be considered in a wide variety of settings including anxiety, depression, and ADHD. CBT is a skills-based therapy, so if you feel like I really need to learn more skills to cope with and deal with my anxiety, CBT might be right for you. CBT is typically useful when you have an acute problem or specific issues that you want to deal with. If you are coming into therapy thinking, I just want to talk about myself, CBT might not be right for you. But if you have something that is going on in your head, maybe a bunch of thoughts racing and you want to learn how to control those thoughts, CBT might be the right fit. CBT focuses on automatic negative thoughts, which are automatic thoughts that pop into your head, but that involve a negative evaluation of either yourself or the situation. These thoughts can be very problematic because they can color the way you interpret a situation. Oftentimes, CBT therapists will recommend breathing exercises or mindful meditation to help you get in that state where you can finally evaluate your automatic thoughts and maybe even restructure them and come up with a more helpful and useful thoughts.
Psychodynamic therapy is where you sit with a therapist and talk in a more open-ended free flowing conversation. Typically, therapists will either give you their insights or their perceptions on the dynamics that are going on in the therapy session or that you describe with other people outside the therapy session. Psychodynamic therapy can often be very helpful for patients who don't really know what's wrong with them. They just have a general feeling that something might be wrong. Oftentimes this therapy can be open-ended as well as patient-driven. Sometimes you'll have an active psychodynamic therapist who will talk with you one on one. Other times you'll have someone who sits there and listens and gives you their feedback occasionally. Whenever you're doing psychodynamic therapy, the most important thing to consider is fit. If you don't feel that your therapist is a good fit for you, tell him or her that you think that you would like to see a different therapist and they'll provide a referral. Psychodynamic therapy can be for everybody. You don't need to be depressed or anxious to enter psychodynamic therapy and get something out of it. Psychodynamic therapy can help you see all the different aspects about yourself that maybe you couldn't see on your own. It can help you succeed in a wide variety of realms. Relationship, business, social. Psychodynamic therapy is different than talking to just a friend because your psychodynamic therapist is there to help you. They're professionally trained to work with you, to try and help you explore in a nonjudgmental way your issues.
Inpatient therapy is round the clock therapy where you'll get supervision from doctors, nurses, therapists, and social workers. Typically, inpatient units offer group therapy and individual therapy to help you learn skills and talk with other people about their experience. Following an inpatient stay, your doctor may suggest an intensive outpatient therapy program or partial hospitalization to make sure that you're fully ready to go back to your regular life. Intensive outpatient therapy is a daily or semi-daily therapy where you go into a center and you see doctors, therapists, as well as social workers to help you figure out all the supports you need in order to function at the level that you're used to. Typically, these centers will have group therapy and individual therapy. Intensive outpatient centers can be expensive, however many are covered by insurance, so please be sure to contact your insurance provider. Intensive outpatient therapy is really geared to be short term and helping you get the skills necessary to get yourself back on your feet and into your everyday life.