While therapy can be done in different formats — like family, group, and individual — there are also several different approaches that mental health professionals can take to provide therapy.
After your initial consultation with Dr. Greenfield, and based on the suspected underlying factors contributing to the condition, a course of treatment will be agreed upon. Dr. Greenfield may use one or several approaches depending on your situation.
Psychodynamic therapy is based on the assumption that a person is having emotional problems because of unresolved, generally unconscious conflicts, often stemming from childhood. The goal of this type of therapy is for the patient to understand and cope better with these feelings by talking about the experiences. Psychodynamic therapy is administered by the psychologist or therapist over a period of three to four months, although it can last longer, even years.
Interpersonal therapy focuses on the behaviors and interactions a patient has with family and friends. The primary goal of this therapy is to improve communication skills and increase self-esteem during a short period of time. It usually lasts three to four months and works well for depression caused by mourning, relationship conflicts, major life events, and social isolation.
Both of these therapies confront issues caused by:
- Loss / Grief
- Relationship conflicts
- Role transitions (such as becoming a mother, or a caregiver)
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps people to identify and change inaccurate perceptions that they may have of themselves and the world around them. The therapist helps the patient establish new ways of thinking by directing attention to both the “wrong” and “right” assumptions they make about themselves and others.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is recommended for patients:
- Who think and behave in ways that trigger and perpetuate mental illness.
- Who suffer from depression and/or anxiety disorders as the only treatment or, depending on the severity, in addition to treatment with antidepressant medication.
- Who refuse or are unable to take antidepressant medication.
- Of all ages who have mental illness that causes suffering, disability, or interpersonal problems.
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