This year alone, one in five adults in the U.S. will experience mental illness. Oftentimes, those suffering do not seek treatment, leading to worse symptoms and increased suffering. What’s more, avoiding treatment correlates with higher rates of early death, job loss, and more.
At DCPS, you can receive treatment for a wide range of mental health disorders. We take a unique approach to each patient, tailoring a treatment plan to you that can include both medication and therapeutic interventions. DCPS treatment can include:
- Couples’ Therapy
- Family Counseling
- Other types of therapy
If you are in search of mental health treatment, consulting with a professional is always the best and safest choice. The following are some of the basics involved in what we do at DCPS.
Interventions that do not involve medication all have psychotherapy as a starting point. Psychotherapy involves counselors working with their patients in a compassionate way to identify and address unhealthy patterns or coping mechanisms.
Sessions can include:
- Learning to use inherent personal strengths
- Learning to identify things that can trigger symptoms
- Practicing the use of coping mechanisms
- Exploring how the past affects current emotions
Therapy can take place in weekly or monthly sessions and usually lasts at least six months. Continuing therapy after symptoms have resolved is common, and serves as a preventative measure.
Types of Psychotherapy
Several separate categories of therapy exist in the larger category of psychotherapy. Each has its own advantages when it comes to treating certain patients or conditions. Therapies used at DCPS can include:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): talk therapy focused on addressing self esteem issues, anxiety, eating disorders, and more
- Humanistic Therapy: Often used for anxiety and depression
- Exposure Therapy: Can help those with phobias cope with triggers
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Used in the treatment of borderline personality disorder, anxiety disorders, and depression
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): Useful when patients have comorbid disorders
- Mentalization-Based Therapy: borderline personality disorder
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy: Used often for PTSD
- Interpersonal Therapy: eating disorders, addiction, depression
Counselors may select to combine several of these types of psychotherapy in order to serve the patient best. It’s critical for clients to remember that therapy is just one part of a plan, as crucial as it may be. Some people need to make lifestyle changes, try TMS, or take medication to manage their disorders fully.
One very distinct category of psychotherapy is psychoanalysis. This intervention involves using the time in session to explore the deep past, with the goal of understanding how the past affects present mental health and wellness. Psychoanalysis can lead to healthier relationships and clearer understanding of motivations.
Many associate this form of psychotherapy with Sigmund Freud. While his impact on the field was significant, it has evolved in the last decade to encourage personal transformation and clarity.
Who Psychoanalysis Can Help
Psychoanalysis is most effective for those with chronic mental health issues caused by historical trauma, as opposed to those with acute conditions caused by recent trauma. Many avoid psychoanalysis because they think their issues are not significant enough. Anyone experiencing poor mental health, no matter the degree, deserves and can benefit from treatment.
Psychoanalysis is not something anyone should try to do on their own. Only a mental health professional can guide this process safely and ethically. A psychoanalyst’s objectivity is key in this process and ensures the analytical integrity of each session.
While many consider couples therapy as appropriate only for romantic partners, this type of therapy can be applicable to two people in many different sorts of relationships. The individuals involved attend sessions together and as individuals.
There are some other misconceptions about couples counseling, including the idea that couples only start this type of therapy once a relationship is on the brink of disaster. Many use couples counseling proactively to maintain the health and wellness of a strong relationship, too.
Other incorrect ideas about couples counseling out there give anxiety to people considering this type of therapy. For example, some might think that the therapist might take their partner’s side against them. The counselor’s main role is to be an objective third party; a well-trained couples counselor will not side against anyone in a session.
Family therapy can be useful for any number of people, including former spouses looking to co-parent effectively and sibling groups. Sometimes family therapy is necessary when one member of a family has significant mental health issues and the other members of the family want to learn how to support a patient.
What Happens in Family Therapy
in initial sessions, the family counselor will take time to get to know everyone involved in the family dynamic. Patients will share their stories, along with their ideas about what has led them to seek treatment. Family therapy can go on for several sessions, depending on the issues involved, but does not typically run for as long as individual therapy.
When Family Counseling is Right for You
Any number of things can cause a family to turn to family therapy. Perhaps a family has experienced an acute, serious trauma, or perhaps a family member has a serious mental health problem. Additional issues addressed in family therapy include alcoholism, substance addiction, schizophrenia, and BPD.