Mind-boggling emotions and mental states are daunting on their own, but wondering which form of mental health therapy can help you is a stress inducer, too. Let’s look at some time-honored methods of calming down, reflecting on your life and doing some introspection. They and a competent therapist can help you to change the way you think and/or behave in order to achieve the results you need.
Talk Therapy is designed to promote soothing insights and solutions. Clients engage in anything from artful expressions to EMDR therapy which works at healing Post Traumatic Stress disorder and other mental health issues, by directing a client’s eyes to move in a specific pattern. EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR therapists also use music and knee tapping to heal traumatic stress. The therapy enables the mind to recall a situation in a neutral manner, minus emotional impact, facilitating recovery.
One form of gaining therapeutic insight is the tool called The Enneagram. Unlike counseling, in which clients and therapists discuss counterproductive behaviors and productive alternatives, and unlike analysis which probes the client’s history and lists a person’s shortcomings, the Enneagram system identifies nine basic personality types, revealing insights into the motivations and tendencies of those fundamental personalities. The Enneagram aims to help people to recognize and to overcome barriers, improving client interactions with other people as the clients gain appreciation for their own characteristics. A tool for self-acceptance, self-improvement and empathy, Enneagram facilitators teach that a person’s characteristics are acceptable givens, not a matter of good or bad, just givens that can be dealt with in specific ways. The Enneagram system does not advocate personality, thought or mood disorders or consider them to be acceptable, though. They are exceptions to the rule.
Hypnotherapy uses the mind as a means of gaining insight. It uses highly focused concentration on a particular issue. Unlike the Hollywood myth, hypnotized people remain in control of their choices and behavior. They simply zero in on the insights they need with a sense of perspective and deep thought. Clients can end the hypnosis at will.
All of the above systems differ from psychotherapy, which focuses treating mental disorders with a collaborative dialogue between the client and the therapist. Together they identify problematic behaviors disrupting the client’s life, and the means for correcting them. The system for doing so is called psychoanalysis. It’s based on a system of 1) psychological theory and therapy focused on investigating the interaction of conscious and unconscious elements in the mind and 2) helping the client to become aware of repressed fears and conflicts. Techniques such as dream interpretation and free association are commonly used in psychotherapy.
Psychiatry, on the other hand, focuses on the study and treatment of mental illness, emotional disturbance, and abnormal behavior. It relies on medicating clients in order to minimize or to prevent abnormal, possibly dangerous behaviors due to personality, thought or mood disorders. Such people experience what therapists term a “Break with reality” or “Loss of contact with reality.” Their situations might require management with chemical restrains, specific drugs that prevent dangerous behaviors. Dialogue is part of the client-therapist interaction, too.
Competent, licensed therapists and counselors abound in offices and online. Choose the venue which works best for you. Both can help clients to resolve problems with depression, stress, anxiety, relationships, intimacy, career, addictions and anything related to mental health.
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