Psychotherapy is a method of treatment for individuals focused on counseling and communication as a means of improving mental health and behavior. Therapy is used to help with a variety of issues including specific clinical diagnoses including but not limited to depression, personality disorders, addictions, and stress-related disorders, but it is also used for other life problems such as managing relationships, meeting goals, parenting, grieving, difficulties, chronic illness, infertility, and more.
Many mental illnesses or disorders can be addressed by therapy, and patients can learn techniques for handling challenges, coping with difficult situations, and strategizing about how to change negative or maladaptive behaviors or thoughts into positive ones. Therapists provide a safe and comfortable place where individuals can feel free to express themselves and find support during their journeys toward recovery and healing.
There is not necessarily an agenda during therapy, but Ms. Schechtman or Dr. Drutman guide a person through knowing themselves better and focusing more seriously on their thoughts, goals, and responsibilities. The next step from there is to recognize how thoughts, beliefs, and perceptions influence behavior. Individuals are encouraged to challenge any negative behaviors or ways of thinking, and adopt strategies for changing. By talking about problems, individuals are able to get all their thoughts out on the table so they can be understood more fully.
- change behavior or thinking patterns
- increase awareness
- improve perception of reality
- increase sense of well-being
- better able to cope
- manage stressors in healthy way
While psychotherapy certainly provides some of the best treatment for serious disorders, conditions, or situations, psychotherapy can also be beneficial for people who are otherwise functioning and stable.
To learn more, call Marsha Schechtman, LCSW at 770.753.4911 or Howard Drutman, Ph.D. at 678.867.7020 at the Atlanta Behavioral Consultants.