Mental health issues are very different from physical health problems, although they can be just as devastating and life altering. Physical health conditions, including accidents, injuries, trauma, and disease, can be seen through changes in the body, medical testing, and through the development of specific symptoms related to the condition.
Mental health conditions are often invisible. They cannot be determined by a blood test or an X-ray, and they may have signs and symptoms that are overlooking, misunderstood, or dismissed by the individual and those around them.
Often, mental health issues are seen in unhealthy or destructive behaviours. Despite all the research and education, it is common for family members and others to blame the individual for being depressed, anxious, suffering from PTSD, dealing with grief, anger problems, or struggling with an addiction.
The Basics of Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy is an umbrella term for a group of therapeutic approaches that use talk therapy as the central focus. The client and the psychotherapist work together to explore deeply held beliefs and thoughts that are negatively impacting the life of the client.
Through talk therapy, the client is able to safely and comfortably explore how these thoughts developed, how they are inaccurate reflections of themselves, and how they are negatively impacting behaviour. The psychotherapist and the client then develop healthy thoughts around the specific issues that reflect the current reality for the client. Through changing these thoughts and beliefs, behavioural changes can be made that create a positive, healthy future.
Experienced psychotherapists are able to use specific techniques to provide a personalised, holistic approach to treatment. This is one of the benefits of the Harley Street psychotherapy through Philippe Jacquet & Associates, where every client has his or her individualised treatment plan that is customized to meet his or her needs.
Utilising the various techniques from both specific theoretical perspectives of psychotherapy as well as best research-based practices, the client and the therapist may use art, movement, writing, or reflecting types of exercises as part of the therapeutic approach. Many clients will start their work with the psychotherapist by providing their history as well as identifying the areas of change they desire.
The Benefits of Psychotherapy
Talk therapy is very effective in addressing any issues of concern for the client. In confidential, one-on-one sessions, the psychotherapist provides a supportive, emotionally safe, and private environment to talk about any areas of concern. This may include specific mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, addictions, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessions or compulsions, addictions, relationship challenges, or difficulties in interpersonal interactions.
Specific types of conditions such as food addictions, gambling problems, codependency, sex addictions, and even issues with low self-esteem and problems with phobias and fears can also be effectively treated with psychotherapy.
In positive and non-threatening ways, the Harley Street psychotherapist can provide opportunities for the client to gain insight into his or her behaviours and how they can change. With support and structure, the client has confidence that she or he can make these positive changes in their way of thinking and behaving.