Psychotherapy for ADHD | Burnout | Psychedelia | LGBTQ+
Psychotherapy is the process of facilitating change through the application of behavioral, mental-emotional, and somatic techniques over a period of time.
Western Psychotherapy historically emphasizes a medical model, where disease and dysfunction are identified and targeted as problematic symptoms. Similarly to a cold or flu, this approach seeks to isolate and understand the problem occurring within the person and attempts to control or eradicate the negative symptom. The Western mind is also couched in ideas of individualism and self-containment, so it is no coincidence that our models for health tend to fixate on individual symptoms.
Eastern or non-Western psychology emphasizes the relationship between person and environment, approaching mental health from a 'holistic' view, considering not only the internal factors, but also the community and environmental factors in play. Eastern psychology generalizes emphasizes community, and so the application to health involves aspects of not only what lies within each person, but the relationship and exchange of energy in between.
Depending on one's goals or concerns, psychotherapy can be brief (~6 months), lifelong, or in between. Shorter psychotherapy may focus more on immediate crisis management and stabilization, where longer-term psychotherapy can include more comprehensive or thorough examinations of oneself and one's life.
Sessions themselves range from 50-minutes more traditionally, or more intensive 100-minute sessions. Frequency is determined by need and availability.
Psychotherapy is but one tool we have to heal and seek solutions to our problems. Thus, it alone cannot be a guaranteed 'fix'.
In fact, studies show that a combination of medication and psychotherapy produces more positive results than either approaches alone. Other factors contributing to our health are our environment (physical and emotional) and our biological health, which are not always easy to isolate or target.
No. This misconception stems from the trend that people who seek to understand and change parts of their psyche cannot help but to notice connections between themselves and others -- including their family, friends, and community. This may give outsiders the impression that psychotherapy points people towards blaming people in their past for their challenges -- but in fact, the true arc of healing involves an understanding of how one has been affected (positive and negative) by events of their past, and in doing so, bestows a new vocabulary, greater compassion, and understanding for oneself and one's past. What someone does with this insight or information is up to them.
Therapy will not 'force' upon you a way of doing things; the choice is always yours to do what you will with the information or perspectives you acquire.
Whether it 'works' for you or not will depend on expectations, goals, and your own commitment and energy investment. "You get out what you put in" applies.
That being said -- you have the full agency and self-determination to seek out a therapist that has a personality, style, or energy about them that is more support to you, and it is possible that one therapist will not have the specific expertise that another one has. This is why you reach out to interview that therapist before committing to anything.