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Psychotherapy

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Psychotherapy services offered in Boulder, Longmont, Niwot, Colorado


Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is a way to help people with a broad variety of mental illnesses and emotional difficulties. Psychotherapy can help eliminate or control troubling symptoms so a person can function better and can increase well-being and healing.

Problems helped by psychotherapy include difficulties in coping with daily life; the impact of trauma, medical illness or loss, like the death of a loved one; and specific mental disorders, like depression or anxiety.  Psychotherapy may be used in combination with medication or other therapies.

There are a number of effective types of psychotherapy. Some work better than others in treating certain disorders and conditions. In many cases, your therapist will use a combination of techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and EMDR.  Couples therapy is also available. 

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy, or “talk therapy,” involves the active participation of both patient and therapist. It’s a general term for treating mental health conditions, where patients learn more about their condition. Psychotherapy may be approached in several ways:

 

Psychoanalysis

Psychoanalysis tries to help you better understand how the desires and fantasies in your unconscious mind motivate your actions and thoughts. Your specialist helps you explore patterns and behaviors that lead to unpleasant patterns in your life. They then help you make lasting, substantive changes in your thought patterns and your behavior.

 

Psychodynamic psychotherapy

With psychodynamic psychotherapy, you and your therapist explore childhood experiences and unconscious beliefs that currently have a negative impact on your life. You acquire increased self-awareness so you can change behavior patterns to improve your daily life.

 

How can psychotherapy benefit me?

Psychotherapy focuses on your unique experiences, challenges, and goals. Your therapist works with you to explore your current thoughts and behaviors as well as the likely causes of those patterns. 

Psychotherapy is highly individualized. No other person shares your personal history, experiences, needs, and worldview. Psychotherapy serves a foundational role in mental health because it meets you where you are.

How many psychotherapy sessions will I need?

Because your psychotherapy is individualized to your unique set of circumstances, it’s hard to say how long your treatment will last. Your path is aligned with your specific needs and will differ from that of others. 

Some patients enter psychotherapy to address a single mental health issue and progress quickly. Other people enter psychotherapy for months or years to help them manage their mental wellness. 

Psychotherapy is usually included as part of a comprehensive mental wellness plan. You may be prescribed medication and behavioral therapy along with talk therapy. Over time, your medication may be reduced or eliminated as your worries, sadness, or anxiety wane.

Learn how psychotherapy can help you find mental wellness. Call Amavi Integrative Mental Wellness or use this website to book an appointment online.