How talk therapy works
Psychotherapy, also referred to as talk therapy, involves engaging in conversations with a licensed mental health professional, such as a psychologist, counselor, or social worker, to address mental or emotional issues.
Specific forms of talk therapy may prove more effective for certain problems or issues. It is advisable to discuss your situation with a Geode therapist. They will create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. If medication is deemed necessary, they can easily refer you to one of the Geode psychiatric practitioners within the same office.
Our therapists in Lawrenceville, GA
In-person or online appointments available with therapists in Lawrenceville, GA
In contrast to many of the “virtual-only” mental healthcare companies prevalent today, Geode Health maintains a physical presence in the communities we serve. This tangible presence enables us to provide in-person monitoring for patients with complex needs, ensuring the safe prescription of medications that others cannot offer, while also granting access to the latest treatments.
For added flexibility, we also offer the option to connect with our healthcare providers through secure online video visits. Booking and managing appointments for both in-person and virtual visits is a straightforward online process, with availability within a week or less.
Most common psychotherapy services at Geode Health
Child and adolescent therapy is a specialized form of therapy that is dedicated to helping children and teenagers cope with emotional, behavioral, and developmental issues. This therapeutic approach involves collaborating with a trained therapist who uses age-appropriate techniques to assist children and adolescents in expressing their thoughts and feelings, developing coping skills, and enhancing their overall functioning.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapeutic method designed to assist individuals in altering their negative thinking and behavioral patterns that may contribute to mental health problems. Its core focus revolves around identifying and challenging negative thoughts, developing coping strategies, and setting and achieving goals to enhance mental health and well-being. CBT is recognized as one of the most extensively researched forms of therapy worldwide.
Couples therapy is a facet of psychotherapy designed to assist couples in improving their communication, resolving conflicts, and strengthening their relationship. It entails a qualified therapist working with both partners to identify and address issues such as infidelity, health-related challenges, financial problems, or a lack of intimacy, all with the overarching goal of enhancing the overall health and happiness of the relationship.
Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a form of psychotherapy that combines elements of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with mindfulness techniques. Initially designed to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD), it has been adapted to address a range of other conditions, such as eating disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, substance abuse disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). DBT equips individuals with the skills to both tolerate and regulate their emotions, manage distress, and improve their relationships with others. Its popularity is evident, as some educational institutions are now incorporating 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 refer to the same type of mental health treatment.
Psychotherapy is generally acknowledged as a form of psychological treatment or psychological counseling that employs verbal communication and various activities to assess an individual’s mental or emotional state and address negative emotional or behavioral patterns. Similarly, talk therapy refers to any therapeutic practice where the clinician (psychotherapist) engages in conversation with their patient as a part of their treatment plan.
It’s important to note that not all forms of psychotherapy involve talking as the primary component – some people prefer more creative approaches, such as art therapy, where patients explore their emotions using nonverbal methods instead.
While psychotherapy and psychiatry can both be effective for managing mental illness, they are fundamentally different.
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating mental illness with medications. Medications like antidepressants or mood stabilizers can be used to address symptoms of mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder.
On the other hand, psychotherapy focuses on using communication between the patient and a trained professional to help you develop the skills needed to identify and manage emotional challenges. Psychotherapy centers on your internal thought processes, feelings, and behaviors.
In some cases, your therapist may recommend that you work with a psychiatrist in addition to 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 purpose of talk therapy is to assist individuals in improving their capacity to cope with and manage the challenges in their lives. Some psychotherapies are oriented towards identifying and gaining insight into the roots of distress. This can lead to a better understanding of oneself, more effective tools for managing stress and regulating emotions, and ultimately an enhancement of mental health. Conversely, other psychotherapies focus on altering behavioral patterns and cultivating coping skills with the belief that changing behaviors will ultimately result in improved thoughts and feelings.
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, our foundation is built on the belief in a comprehensive approach to mental well-being. We offer a diverse array of psychiatry and psychotherapy services, all conveniently provided under one roof, ensuring our patients have seamless access to high-quality holistic mental health treatment that aligns with their specific needs.
Following your initial evaluation, your Geode provider is well-prepared to provide additional guidance on the most suitable treatment plan for your unique situation. Many patients discover that a combination of medication management with a psychiatric specialist and ongoing psychotherapy leads to the most favorable outcomes, while others 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 unique 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.