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What Do You Mean By Therapy?

Jul 11

What Comes To Mind When You Hear The Term "Therapy"?

For many people, the iconic picture of a patient lying on a sofa spilling all of his or her darkest secrets to a therapist who largely responds by nodding or writing on a clipboard comes to mind.

You could also picture scenes from movies where therapists explore painful mother-daughter ties and early memories.

Therapy really refers to a variety of therapeutic exercises and methods intended to enhance overall health and wellbeing.

The behavioral health team at Health Partnership Clinic wants to clarify these and other misunderstandings about therapy so that you may receive treatment if you need it in celebration of National Psychotherapy Day on September 25.

The method through which a qualified mental health practitioner treats behavioral disorders and mental health problems via communication, interpersonal relationships, and skill development is known as psychotherapy or therapy.

Therapy addresses a variety of topics, including social skills, relationships, stress management, symptom management, addressing attitudes and behaviors that fuel symptoms, lifestyle difficulties, and more.



Therapists include licensed clinical social workers and other master's level practitioners, such as psychologists (doctoral level providers). People who are dealing with the following problems could find counseling helpful:

  • Grief and/or loss.
  • Inattention and hyperactivity are symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (ADHD).
  • People with bipolar disorder suffer from a mental ailment.
  • Depression known as "major depressive disorder" (MDD) is characterized by (MDD).
  • One kind of post-traumatic stress disorder is called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (PTSD).
  • Relationship or Family Issues.
  • issues with personality.
  • thoughts of suicide or self-harm.
  • Substance addiction and a number of other problems.

The choice of a therapist is an important one that shouldn't be made hastily. A good working connection between the therapist and the patient is among the greatest indicators of a successful treatment result. Consider the following things before choosing a therapist:

Qualities Of The Individual

  • Do you feel more at comfortable conversing with men or women?
  • Does it matter to you how old the therapist is?
  • Do you care about the therapist's race, ethnicity, or nationality?
  • Is there anything in your personality that prevents you from working with or having faith in the therapist?

Money-Related Factors

  • The therapist's insurance may be used.
  • Does your insurance cover mental health issues? Is the therapist accepted by your insurance provider?
  • Are you able or willing to cover the cost yourself? What forms of payment are acceptable in such case?
  • If required, is the therapist prepared to provide out-of-network benefits, pro bono services, or sliding scale discounts?

Education And Licensing-Related Variables

  • Is the therapist currently authorized to work in your state?
  • Has the therapist ever been disciplined for using improper techniques?
  • Ask the therapist about their education, experience, and ongoing training.
  • Is the counselor an authority on the issue you're seeking to resolve?
  • Does the therapist have experience dealing with individuals from a variety of backgrounds?
  • Does the therapist practice evidence-based therapy?

Feasibility-Influencing Variables

  • Is the location convenient, secure, and well-kept?
  • Do you find the office hours convenient?
  • Is calling the therapist or other team members straightforward?
  • Is the therapist and/or staff able to communicate in your native tongue? If not, are they able to provide interpretive services?

The modality or therapeutic approach a potential therapist employs is something else to take into consideration. Various treatments are suggested for different conditions/issues.

Additionally, you can prefer one tactic to the other. The different modalities have different requirements for session frequency, duration, quantity, time commitment, therapist interactions, and patient activities.

Before starting treatment, decide which approach best fits your requirements. Finding a therapist in your region may be done in a number of ways, including:

  • Phoning your insurance company to ask for a list of therapists that are insured.
  • For further details, speak with your company's employee assistance program (which may include several therapy sessions free of charge or at a reduced cost).
  • Getting referrals personally from friends or family as well as from other healthcare professionals.
  • Finding a therapist by visiting websites like

Many therapists provide integrated behavioral health treatment using evidence-based CBT and quick solution-focused techniques.

In order to treat a range of mental and physical health behaviors and diseases, interventions are utilized in medical exam rooms. When patients see their primary care physician to address their physical and psychological issues, this kind of treatment takes place in "episodes of care" or "on-demand" rather than over the long term.

If you need to speak to a therapist in New York, please feel free to contact:

Dr. Maryann B Schaefer Psychotherapy
5 Travers St
Manhasset, NY 11030