Whether you live in Manhattan or Long Island, if you're reading this short essay you are probably searching for someone to help you work through a personal issue that you are currently facing. Psychotherapy is an excellent way to gain a deeper understanding of where your problems originated from and to work towards resolving them. Sometimes just reaching out can start the process of healing and feeling less alone in facing your personal situation and concerns. Some of the issues that people seek therapy for are:
Loneliness, Isolation and Depression; Anxiety and constant Worrying; Self Esteem; Body Image Issues; Addiction, Anger and Codependency; Difficulty finding or staying in fulfilling relationships; Frequent arguing with your partner or family; Sexual Dysfunction; and: Major Life Transitions such as divorce or loss of a loved one or loss of a job that was important to you.
The following is a list of six different therapeutic perspectives:
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy seeks to understand current personal issues in the context of earlier relationships, especially relationships with our parents and important people from our childhood. By understanding the past we can work towards healing the present.
Cognitive-Behavioral therapy seek to change the way a person feels, thinks and acts through supporting new ways of seeing the world and reinforcing new behaviors.
Humanistic Psychotherapists are trained in understanding the clients experience on a very deep level and to provide empathy, care and understanding in a way that can help you to feel safe, understood and respected. (Most therapists should display these qualities, but Humanistic therapists specialize in being empathic and supportive.)
Family therapists (and some couple's therapists) work with the whole family system to create new opportunities for Communication, Boundary Setting and Bonding to develop.
Body-Oriented Psychotherapy works with the understanding that our body holds memories and that by raising our level of body awareness we can transform and heal ourselves on a very profound and embodied level.
Expressive Arts is excellent for children as well as adults who want to express and deepen their self expression and understanding
Many therapists practice a combination of different techniques and all psychotherapists should be well grounded in their knowledge of the different theories and techniques that have been developed. Each therapist has their own personal style and it is important in choosing a therapist that you should feel comfortable with them and know something about their Training, Education and Experience.
Ultimately, psychotherapy provides an opportunity to engage personally with a somebody who is trained in understanding relationships and who can provide detailed feedback in a safe and supportive manner. The average fee for psychotherapy ranges from $80 - $150 an hour, a small price to pay when you consider what you are investing in: a happier, more fulfilling life and deeper, more satisfying relationships!
Essay provided by Category Expert: Dr. David Levine
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