How talk therapy works
Psychotherapy, also known 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 types of talk therapy may be more effective for certain problems or concerns. It’s advisable to have a conversation with a Geode therapist about your particular situation. They will craft a personalized treatment plan customized to your specific needs. If medication is a part of the treatment, they can easily connect you with one of the Geode psychiatric specialists within the same office.
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In-person or online appointments available with therapists in Mansfield, TX
Unlike many “virtual-only” mental healthcare companies today, Geode Health is physically located in the communities we serve. This allows us to monitor our patients with complex needs in person, safely prescribing the medications others can’t, and offer access to the latest treatments.
For added flexibility, we also offer the ability to connect with providers online via secure video visits. Both visit types are easy to book and manage online, available within a week or less.
Most common psychotherapy services at Geode Health
Child and adolescent therapy is a specific therapeutic approach designed to assist children and teenagers in managing emotional, behavioral, and developmental challenges. It entails working closely with a trained therapist who employs age-appropriate techniques to help children and adolescents express their thoughts and feelings, develop coping skills, and improve their overall functioning.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that helps individuals transform their negative thought and behavior patterns, which may be linked to mental health problems. It focuses on recognizing and confronting negative thoughts, creating coping strategies, and setting and achieving goals to improve mental health and well-being. CBT is renowned as one of the most extensively researched forms of therapy worldwide.
Couples therapy, falling under the umbrella of psychotherapy, is dedicated to aiding couples in enhancing their communication, resolving conflicts, and fortifying their relationship. This therapeutic process involves a skilled therapist working closely with both partners to recognize and tackle issues such as infidelity, health-related concerns, financial difficulties, or a lack of intimacy, all with the ultimate goal of improving the overall health and happiness of the relationship.
Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a psychotherapeutic approach that blends elements of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with mindfulness techniques. Initially created for the treatment of 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 the skills to better tolerate and regulate their emotions, manage distress, and enhance their relationships with others. Its widespread popularity is reflected in the fact that certain educational institutions are now incorporating DBT skills to help adolescents and young adults improve 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 considered 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 in managing mental illness, they are fundamentally different.
A psychiatrist, as a medical doctor, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness using medications. Medications like antidepressants or mood stabilizers are prescribed to alleviate symptoms associated with mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder.
Conversely, psychotherapy places a strong emphasis on fostering communication between the patient and a trained professional to help individuals develop the skills necessary for recognizing and managing emotional challenges. Psychotherapy delves into 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 the underlying causes of your mental health condition.
Psychotherapy treats a variety of mental health conditions, including:
The core objective of talk therapy is to help individuals enhance their ability to confront and manage the challenges in their lives. Some psychotherapies focus on identifying and gaining insight into the roots of distress. This process can result in a deeper self-awareness, more effective tools for managing stress and regulating emotions, and, ultimately, an improvement in mental well-being. On the other hand, different psychotherapies concentrate on changing behavioral patterns and building coping skills, with the belief that altering behaviors will ultimately improve 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 dedicated to a comprehensive approach to mental well-being. We provide a wide range of psychiatry and psychotherapy services, all conveniently available under one roof, to ensure our patients have easy access to high-quality holistic mental health treatment tailored to their specific needs.
After your initial evaluation, your Geode provider is well-prepared to offer further guidance on the most appropriate treatment plan for your individual situation. Many patients discover that a combination of medication management from 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 choice to see 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.