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Understanding Psychotherapy

Nearly one in five Americans struggles with mental illness, which includes mental, behavioral, and emotional disorders. While each person’s mental health issue benefits from a unique set of treatment protocols, most rely on a foundation of comprehensive psychotherapy, also called talk therapy. In fact, 75% of those who undergo some form of psychotherapy report improvement.

At Flux Psychology, licensed clinical psychologist Andrea Liner, PsyD, has extensive experience helping her patients better manage their mental health and wellness using a wide range of techniques and styles that fall under psychotherapy.

In the following, we take a closer look at psychotherapy and how it may benefit you or a loved one.

Holding space

Psychotherapy is often referred to as talk therapy, which defines the process in the broadest of terms. While talking through an issue with a friend or family member is always helpful, psychotherapy takes this valuable interaction a few steps further.

With our psychotherapy, the first thing to understand is that we provide a safe space for you to truly talk out your feelings, fears, and other symptoms without fear of judgment. The goal of our psychotherapy is to dig deep to identify the root cause of your issues, and this is best done in a safe space with a qualified psychologist who knows where to direct the conversation.

Understanding the process

When you undergo psychotherapy with us, there’s no one-size-fits-all treatment outline that we follow. Each person’s journey is unique, and our psychotherapy is designed to meet you where you are, rather than asking you to conform to an established protocol.

To get started, Dr. Liner sits down with you to review your issues to figure out the best approach to remedying your mental health issues. This first meeting is typically the longest, as she leaves no stone unturned when it comes to reviewing your physical, mental, and emotional health.

Once Dr. Liner has a better idea of the state of your mental wellness, she suggests a schedule of psychotherapy sessions, as well as any medications that may help improve your symptoms.

For example, if you’re struggling with depression, Dr. Liner may suggest an antidepressant, and refer you to a prescriber. Even if there’s no pivotal event that brought on your depression, with psychotherapy, you and Dr. Liner can work on management techniques that go a long way toward releasing you from the grip of your mental illness.

What psychotherapy can treat

One of the many benefits of psychotherapy is that it can play an important role in most mental health issues and life events, including:

In fact, many of our patients turn to psychotherapy as a way to improve their lives, even when there’s no identifiable mental health issue. This type of preventive care for your mental health can help you better navigate your life while sidestepping the pitfalls of mental illness.

If you’d like to explore further how psychotherapy can help with your mental and emotional wellness, please contact our office in Denver, Colorado, to set up a consultation.

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