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Counseling falls under the umbrella term ‘talking therapies’ and allows people to discuss their problems and any difficult feeling they encounter in a safe, confidential environment. The term can mean different things to different people, but in general, it is a process people seek when they want to change something in their lives, or simply explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth. Counseling focuses on teaching patients/clients how to cope with emotional, physical, and mental health issues. It often focuses on patients’ daily life stressors, helping them find a balanced approach to overcoming stress. It allows an individual to have an opportunity to improve upon their understanding of themselves, including their pattern of thoughts, behaviors, feelings, and how these may have been problematic in their lives. It also helps to examine how to tap into existing resources or develop new ones that enhance their lives and relationships. A counselor encourages you to talk about what's bothering you to uncover any root causes and identify your specific ways of thinking. The counselor may then look to create a plan of action to either help you reconcile your issues, or help you to find ways of coping. Counseling can help in coping with a crisis, can promote healthy relationships, and aid decision-making. It helps establishes a crucial support network that fosters insight and self-development.
On the other hand, psychotherapy is a type of mental health treatment that is often used either alone or with medications to treat mental disorders. psychotherapy aims to help a person understand their feelings and equip them to face new challenges, both in the present and the future. It can help eliminate or control troubling symptoms to function better and increase well-being and healing. During a psychotherapy session, you talk to a doctor or licensed mental health care professional to identify and change troubling thoughts. It helps people with a broad variety of mental illnesses and emotional difficulties. Problems helped by psychotherapy include difficulties in coping with daily life; the impact of trauma, medical illness, or loss, like the death of a loved one; and specific mental disorders, like depression or anxiety. Psychotherapy can help when depression, low self-esteem, addiction, bereavement, or other factors leave a person feeling overwhelmed. It can also help treat bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and certain other mental health conditions.
Single session therapy does not last more than one session. Some people find that one session of therapy is all that they are looking for. One Session at a Time focuses on presenting insights into bolstering your existing strengths, restoring confidence, and offering solutions that you can implement immediately. You can get your head straight working in the right direction with the help of various psychoeducation, psychological research, and skills training.
Five sessions brief therapy is a package of five sessions that is valid for two weeks, after your first session. You work one-on-one with a trained mental health clinician in a safe, caring, and confidential environment. And the therapy sessions are fully focused on your immediate or near future concerns.
Ten sessions therapy is a complete package of consecutive ten-session. And, it is valid for one month after your first session. You can go for this therapy if a client does want more self-exploration.
Chat/email offers you more anonymity and yet allows you to reap the benefits of counseling. It allows you to express anonymously and yet completely. One of the great advantages of Email counseling is that it’s convenient and flexible. You can start a session anywhere, at any time. The service is secure and confidential. Chat anonymously with an expert. This service is available to you anytime, anywhere. The specialist will chat with you about what you are going through, listen to how you are feeling, and answer any questions you may have. Together, you will figure out what kind of help you might need and decide what to do next. You will get the support, answers, resources, and referrals you need to move forward.
This is also known as e-therapy, e-counseling, teletherapy, or cyber-counseling, which involves providing mental health services and support using online mediums. Online Counselling &Therapy makes mental health services easily accessible to everyone.
Visiting an online psychologist is now a smarter option than a traditional office visit.
When you hear the word counseling, face-to-face or in-person counseling is likely what comes to mind. Here, counseling takes place when a counselor sees you in a private and confidential setting to explore the difficulties or distress you may be experiencing.
If for example, the client is facing difficulties at home, then attending a clinic to receive counseling provides them with a safe space to disclose any difficult emotions away from where difficulties are taking place.
Stress is a normal physical, psychological and behavioral response to high-pressure situations. In little amounts, stress can be beneficial and can motivate you to succeed. People can experience stress around their environment, body, and thoughts. Even positive life changes, such as a promotion, a mortgage, or the birth of a child can cause stress. However, situations like losing a job, getting divorced, or being discriminated against can lead to excessive, prolonged stress, causing multiple health issues. That’s why stress management plays an important role in good health and wellbeing.
Anxiety is manifested by worry, stress, or fear. It is a natural response to stress or danger – one that helps you cope with tense situations and manage many challenges in your day-to-day life. We all experience anxiety while giving an examination, visiting the doctor, or before any kind of stage performance. However, when an individual faces anxiety at inappropriate levels regularly, it can be categorized as an anxiety disorder. Anxiety is a diffuse, vague, unpleasant feeling of fear and apprehension, for dealing with such anxiety, a person must take anxiety counseling.
The comfort of life is in sharing the ups and downs with someone you can trust. And losing that comfort and trust can take a toll on your life. A relationship can mean the world to some people and it can sometimes break them without making a noise. It is not rare to experience various issues with your partner such as a lack of freshness in a long term, giving time to each other, long-distance relationship. Therapy can help you deal with this and improve the quality of your relationship. It can go a long way in helping you rebuild the foundation of trust and save your relationship.
The term "addiction" does not only refer to dependence on substances such as alcohol, nicotine, heroin, or cocaine. Some addictions also involve an inability to stop partaking in activities, such as gambling, eating, or working. When a person experiences an addiction, they cannot control how they use a substance or partake in an activity, despite harmful consequences. They become dependent on it to cope with daily life. It can cause serious damage to health, relationships, and families.
Obsessive behavior buds from the inability to be able to stop thinking about a particular idea or topic. These thoughts are present in a stereotyped form and are often thought of as shameful and unpleasant. Compulsive behavior is the need to perform certain behaviors repeatedly. People suffering from OCD engage in repetitive behaviors (such as washing, cleaning, checking, and repeating) without realizing or being able to resist them. OCD is one of the four most common mental health disorders, one that can interfere with daily life and needs medical attention.
Parenting is a superhero job that demands patience, selfless love, and a lot of time. Parents are not just supposed to look out for their children but also help them develop life skills and healthy behaviors. Sometimes parents are overwhelmed and unable to overcome child-related challenges and difficulties, which take a toll on their mental health and might lead to stress, depression, anger, or feeling of helplessness.
Transitions are a part of life. Everyone can expect to experience a significant amount of change over the course of a lifetime. Some of these changes, such as marriage, births, and new jobs, are generally positive, although they may be accompanied by their own unique stressors. Adjusting to change can be difficult for some and often causes stress, even if those life transitions are genuinely positive. These sudden and extreme changes can even take a toll on one’s emotional health, sometimes leading to anxiety or depression. Not all people adjust to life changes easily or quickly. For those who fail to adjust for an extended period of time, anxiety and depression can develop. If you are having trouble adjusting, it is important to get help. Those who have a difficult time coping with life transitions may find it helpful to seek out a therapist. Therapy often leads to someone having a greater awareness of how even the most drastic change can result in them becoming stronger, more confident, and better prepared for what life will throw at them next.
We are ever-evolving beings, always trying to better ourselves. We strive hard to improve our communication skills, physique, job. The problem is, self-improvement takes time, energy, and commitment. Sometimes we triumph and sometimes we just get to learn. But accepting the latter and coping with it becomes quite challenging for some. This is where self-improvement therapy can help. It can help you improve your education, career progress, it or physique, communication, generating and sustaining motivation, confidence or self-esteem, emotional expression, or decision-making capabilities.
Goal setting and achievement can often be overwhelming. Many times you are pretty unsure of what you are hoping to achieve. Counseling can lead to accomplishing them. You’ll feel more confident having someone in your corner who can guide you to take tiny steps towards your goals and help you celebrate the achievement of each step. Having someone who can point out your strengths and how they can be transferred will help you achieve your goals. Your counselor is there to help you accomplish whatever you want in your life. They can offer you the support you need when you struggle to move forward.
CBT is a short-term, goal-oriented therapy that focuses on the link between our thoughts (cognition) & our actions (behavior). It is intended to help people change thought patterns that cause unhealthy, unproductive, or incapacitating behavior. CBT is based on the premise that thoughts are a lever to manage behavior. Hence by changing thoughts, one can change behavior. The focus is on uncovering unruly negative thoughts and their source so that they can be obliterated, and positive thoughts can be reinforced. CBT is one of the most commonly used forms of psychotherapy. It is the go-to approach for most psychologists.
DBT is based on the concept of dialectics. The essence of dialectics is that everything is composed of opposites and that change occurs when there is a "dialogue" between opposing forces. Accepting the contradictions eases internal conflicts. The patient learns how to label emotions, handle angry feelings & navigate conflict without giving into impulsive tendencies. A form of CBT, it aims to give people the skills to regulate their emotions, handle stress in a healthy manner, improve relationships, & live mindfully.
(IPT) is a short-term form of treatment. It helps patients understand underlying interpersonal issues that are troublesome, like unresolved grief, changes in social or work roles, conflicts with significant others, and problems relating to others. It can help people learn healthy ways to express emotions and ways to improve communication and how they relate to others. It is most often used to treat depression.
Unlike traditional forms of therapy that take time to analyze problems, pathology, and past life events, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) concentrates on finding solutions in the present time and exploring one’s hope for the future to find a quicker resolution of one’s problems. This method takes the approach that you know what you need to do to improve your own life and, with the appropriate coaching and questioning, are capable of finding the best solutions. Solution-focused brief therapy doesn’t require a deep dive into your childhood and how your past has influenced your present. Instead, it will root your sessions firmly in the present while working toward a future in which your current problems have less of an impact on your life
A “non-directive” form of therapy, does not guide a patient towards any particular direction or outcome but creates a supportive environment for her as she investigates her identity, feelings, or emotions. The patient is made to explore feelings through creative & experiential techniques, such as guided re-enactments, role-playing, exaggerated movement, & other exercises. Under the skilled auspices of the therapist, she begins to identify and release the negative emotions associated with particular situations.
REBT is an action-oriented approach that is based on the premise that it is how people view a particular situation, and not the situation itself, that leads to psychological distress. Its goal is to help a patient reframe how she thinks about a situation & hence her irrational beliefs around it. REBT focuses more on acceptance than the others & uses techniques like humor to change one’s perception.
Dr. Suparna Sengupta is a Renowned Psychotherapist and Life Coach with years of experience in Individual and Group Counseling. Skilled in person-centered Therapy, Interventions, Mental Health Counseling for Teenagers, Adults, and Couples. Helped thousands of people in India and Abroad via Online and Face to Face Counselling Sessions.
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