What is Mental Therapy

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What is Mental Therapy?

Mental Therapy also known as psychotherapy is a form of treatment with the goal of alleviating our mental health issues and psychological distress. Therapy can be provided only by qualified mental health professionals – psychiatrists and clinical psychologists. 

A therapy session will revolve around the problems we are currently facing in our lives. While the purpose of the session is to help us find a solution to these problems, the mental health professional will take into account all the major life events that have taken place in our lives from childhood to the present moment. 

As each professional has their own way of helping their clients, there are certain approaches that a therapist takes. These approaches and forms of treatment are based on extensive research conducted over a long period of time. Some of these approaches are: 

  1. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  2. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  3. Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

Each of these techniques has a different way of approaching our problems and finally helping us achieve better control over our situation.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is one of the most well-known techniques of therapy. It is used by many clinical psychologists in order to help their clients who are suffering from mental disorders. CBT involves helping people in identifying the cause and then bringing about change in their damaging and troublesome behaviour. It encourages people to bring about a positive change in their lives by motivating them to practice and build new sets of skills, by setting attainable goals for the future, by improving their problem-solving skills and much more. This type of therapy helps everyone be a better version of themselves, even if they are not suffering from a mental disorder.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is the combination of mindfulness and meditation practices along with cognitive therapy. Mindfulness has a spectrum of practices we can employ to calm our racing thoughts and relieve our stress. For example, meditation and journaling are proven methods to lower stress levels, improve cognition and clear up anxiety. This coupled with proven cognitive therapy solutions brings about a positive change in our lives. Clinical Psychologists use this to treat disorders such as depression, insomnia and ADHD. 

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

A therapist helps us make conscious and better life decisions by implementing positive habits in our daily lives such as mediation, journaling, grounding and much more. They equip us with the right tools that we require to deal with our problems in a better way than before. 

Since therapy is an ongoing process, we will be given certain tasks by the therapist that we must fulfil within the given time frame. The task can range from simply making a new social media account to going out and speaking to 5 random people. They will help us track our progress, showing us how we are gradually improving over time by taking small steps towards a better life!

People in our society wonder when we should seek help from a psychiatrist or a clinical psychologist. While we all have different ways of coping with our problems, sometimes we require professional help to find a solution. Over time, there can be a lot of indicators that can point to the fact that we should seek professional help. When our problems start affecting our daily lives and become a cause of embarrassment, making us avoid people due to the fear of ridicule, it is advisable to seek professional help. Sometimes our mental concerns also start having a drastic impact on our physical health such as sudden weight loss/ gain, trouble sleeping or sleeping too much, very high blood pressure, and much more. People tend to ignore these signs leading to a constantly deteriorating mental and physical state. 

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