How talk therapy works
Talk therapy, also known as psychotherapy, involves engaging in conversations with a licensed mental health professional, such as a psychologist, counselor, or social worker, to address mental or emotional challenges.
Specific types of talk therapy may be more effective for particular problems or issues. It is advisable to have a conversation with a Geode therapist about your specific circumstances. They will create a customized treatment plan designed to meet your individual needs. If this plan includes medication, they can easily provide a referral to one of the Geode psychiatric practitioners located within the same office.
Our therapists in Frisco, TX (Mind Matters)
In-person or online appointments available with therapists in Frisco, TX (Mind Matters)
Differing from many of the “virtual-only” mental healthcare companies in existence today, Geode Health is physically situated within the communities we serve. This physical presence allows us to personally monitor patients with complex needs, safely prescribe medications that others cannot, and offer access to the latest treatments.
For added flexibility, we also provide the option to connect with our providers online through secure video visits. Booking and managing appointments for both in-person and virtual visits is a user-friendly online process, with availability within a week or less.
Most common psychotherapy services at Geode Health
Child and adolescent therapy is a type of therapeutic approach tailored to help children and teenagers cope with emotional, behavioral, and developmental issues. It involves working alongside a trained therapist who employs age-appropriate techniques to support children and adolescents in expressing their thoughts and feelings, developing coping skills, and enhancing their overall functioning.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that aids individuals in altering their negative thinking and behavior patterns that may be linked to mental health problems. The central emphasis of CBT involves the identification and confrontation of negative thoughts, the creation of coping strategies, and the setting and achievement of goals to enhance mental health and overall well-being. Globally, CBT is widely acknowledged as one of the most extensively researched therapeutic approaches.
Couples therapy, a facet of psychotherapy, is designed to help couples enhance their communication, resolve conflicts, and strengthen their relationship. This process involves a trained therapist working with both partners to identify and address issues such as infidelity, health-related concerns, financial challenges, or a deficiency in intimacy, all with the ultimate goal of improving the overall health and happiness of the relationship.
Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a psychotherapeutic method that melds cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with mindfulness techniques. Originally developed to address borderline personality disorder (BPD), it has since been adapted to address various other conditions, including eating disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, substance abuse disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). DBT equips individuals with skills to both tolerate and regulate their emotions, manage distress, and enhance their relationships with others. Its popularity is such that some educational institutions now incorporate DBT skills to assist adolescents and young adults in enhancing their emotional well-being.
Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy where a trained therapist leads a group of people who are experiencing similar mental health issues or life challenges. The therapy sessions are designed to provide support, guidance, and feedback to group members, as they share their experiences and learn from each other. Group psychotherapy can be effective in treating a range of mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Motivational enhancement therapy (MET) is a type of brief intervention therapy that helps individuals increase their motivation to change their behavior. It is often used in the treatment of addiction and involves a collaborative and non-confrontational approach to help individuals explore their conflicting feelings and establish a personalized plan for behavior change.
Psychodynamic therapy is a type of talk therapy that focuses on exploring unconscious thoughts, feelings, and past experiences that may be impacting a person’s current behavior and relationships. The therapy aims to help individuals gain insight into their patterns of behavior and emotions, ultimately leading to greater self-awareness and psychological growth.
Supportive psychotherapy is a type of therapy that aims to provide emotional support and practical guidance to individuals who are experiencing a range of mental health problems. It is based on the principles of empathy, validation, and positive reinforcement, and is designed to help individuals cope with their symptoms, build self-esteem, and develop coping strategies in a safe environment.
Frequently asked questions about talk therapy
Yes, psychotherapy and talk therapy both encompass the same mental health treatment approach.
Psychotherapy is typically classified as a form of psychological treatment or psychological counseling that relies on verbal communication and various activities to evaluate an individual’s mental or emotional well-being, with the goal of addressing negative emotional or behavioral patterns. Similarly, talk therapy refers to any therapeutic method in which the clinician, often referred to as a psychotherapist, engages in conversation with their patient as a central aspect of their treatment plan.
It’s important to recognize that not all forms of psychotherapy prioritize talking as the primary element – some individuals prefer alternative, more creative approaches, such as art therapy, where patients explore their emotions using nonverbal methods instead.
While psychotherapy and psychiatry can both effectively address mental illness, they have distinct approaches.
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness using medications. Medications such as antidepressants or mood stabilizers are prescribed to alleviate symptoms associated with mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder.
On the other hand, psychotherapy focuses on facilitating communication between the patient and a trained professional to help individuals develop the skills necessary for recognizing and managing emotional challenges. Psychotherapy places a strong emphasis on internal thought processes, emotions, and behaviors.
In some cases, your therapist may recommend working with a psychiatrist alongside ongoing psychotherapy to address both the symptoms and root causes of your mental health condition.
Psychotherapy treats a variety of mental health conditions, including:
The primary objective of talk therapy is to aid individuals in enhancing their ability to confront and manage life’s challenges. Some psychotherapies are oriented towards identifying and gaining insights into the underlying causes of distress. This can lead to a deeper self-awareness, the acquisition of more effective tools for stress management and emotional regulation, and ultimately, an improvement in overall mental well-being. On the other hand, different psychotherapies focus on the modification of behavioral patterns and the development of coping skills, with the belief that changing behaviors will ultimately have a positive impact on one’s thoughts and emotions.
Research shows that psychotherapy can be an effective form of treatment for many mental health issues. Psychotherapy can help you identify the underlying causes of your struggles and develop tools for managing distress.
Additionally, therapy can provide a safe space for you to talk about your anxieties, fears, thoughts, and experiences and get support from an objective mental health professional.
At Geode Health, we are firm believers in adopting a comprehensive approach to mental well-being. Our commitment lies in providing a diverse range of psychiatry and psychotherapy services, all conveniently located under one roof, ensuring that our patients have easy access to high-quality holistic mental health treatment that caters to their individual needs.
After your initial evaluation, your Geode provider is well-prepared to offer further guidance on the most appropriate treatment plan for your unique situation. Many patients discover that a combination of medication management from a psychiatric specialist, coupled with ongoing psychotherapy, results in the most favorable outcomes. However, we understand that preferences and requirements can vary. Some individuals may have a preference for one type of treatment over the other. Ultimately, the decision to consult with a therapist or psychiatrist depends on your personal goals and distinct needs.
Psychiatrists can prescribe a variety of medications to treat mental health conditions. Common types of medication prescribed by psychiatrists include antidepressants, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, and anti-anxiety medications. Your psychiatrist may also recommend lifestyle changes such as exercise or dietary modifications to help manage symptoms, as well as non-medical treatments like talk therapy.