It is estimated that 20 percent of American adults will experience a mental health issue this year. Many people who experience this do not seek help. Avoiding treatment for any reason can lead to much more serious issues, including loss of employment and more.

At Commonwealth, we offer treatment for a wide array of mental health disorders. We work to ensure that all treatment is the right fit for patients and their needs. Your treatment options at Commonwealth can include but are not limited to:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Medication
  • Senior counseling

If you would like to discuss your options when it comes to mental health treatment, contact us today. The following provide a closer look at some of your individual therapy options at Commonwealth.

Psychotherapy

In psychotherapy, you work with a therapist to uncover and address certain patterns or stumbling blocks that are interfering with your quality of life. Your therapist will then help you build new coping mechanisms that can help you overcome these negative patterns.

Psychotherapy at Commonwealth can include:

  • Learning how to leverage your strengths
  • Learning how to identify triggers in your life
  • Learning how to employ coping mechanisms
  • Understanding how our pasts affect our thoughts and feelings today

Typically, psychotherapy sessions occur on a weekly or monthly basis and go for at least six months. Some patients may require ongoing treatment, and continuing treatment even after the resolution of certain issues is often recommended.

Types of Psychotherapy

There are a number of separate disciplines and techniques within the umbrella category of psychotherapy. Each of these can offer different advantages to patients with certain disorders. Different types of therapy we employ include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Mentalization-Based Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy

Your counselor can work with you to discover which therapy or therapies are best for you. Therapy may also be used in combination with other recommendations, including medication and lifestyle changes.

Psychoanalysis

In psychoanalysis, the analyst works with a patient to explore the past, examining how past events have had an effect on the patient’s present health and well-being. By understanding their motivators, patients can begin to build healthier and stronger relationships with others. Psychoanalysis has gone through a number of changes since the days of its inception. Today, this form of therapy helps countless individuals achieve clarity in their lives.

Who Psychoanalysis Can Help

Patients who experienced childhood trauma and have chronic issues as a result are well served by psychoanalysis. That being said, it is never helpful to make value judgments when it comes to trauma; someone considering psychoanalysis should never rule it out because they may think their experiences in childhood were not “enough” to qualify for treatment.

Couples Therapy

Couples therapy is a form of therapy that addresses the bond and patterns between two people. These people do not necessarily need to be romantic partners. Any two people with a close or intimate bond can benefit from couples therapy. Couples therapy typically involves individual sessions, too, that supplement the sessions attended by both individuals together.

Many people believe that couples therapy is only necessary when a relationship has become damaged. This is not true. Many healthy couples use couples therapy as ongoing maintenance for their relationships.

Another misconception is that a couple’s therapist might take sides in a disagreement. This is never the place of a trained mental health professional. Rather, a trained MHP endeavors to remain objective and provide a safe and trusting space for both parties.

Family Therapy

As with couples therapy, you might be surprised by who family therapy is actually for. While many nuclear families participate in this form of therapy, it also works for groups beyond the core family unit, including extended family, stepfamilies, and even close friends of a family. Family therapy is good for those seeking to improve communication within a family, for families experiencing trauma, conflict, or violence, or families dealing with mental health issues within the family.

What Happens in Family Therapy

The first session in family therapy typically serves as a “getting to know you” session in which the therapist familiarizes herself with each member of a family and their overall situation. As sessions progress, the therapist will make recommendations, helping the family to improve communication and cope with or eliminate negative patterns in the group.

Is Family Counseling Right for You?

Family counseling can be the right answer for a wide range of families. Blended families can use it as an opportunity to forge new bonds. Families who have experienced a rift or significant change, such as divorce, can also benefit. Family therapy can also help families facing such issues as addiction or mental illness. Contact us today to discuss how family therapy can help your family.