The benefits of psychotherapy are many and varied.
For the average person, therapy can improve mental health, emotional stability, and even offer relief for physical problems like chronic pain. Most people experience problems like anxiety, depression, or grief from time to time over the course of a lifetime. However, when these problems become extreme, overwhelming, or difficult to cope with on top of everything else – it may be time to reach out to a mental health professional.
For those already juggling diagnosed mental health issues like depression, bipolar disorder, or even schizophrenia, individual therapy can be a wonderful complement to medication or another way of managing the condition. That’s because psychotherapy provides the tools, coaching, support, and practice needed to successfully cope with problems and bring about the changes necessary to improve your life.
The therapists at RIVIA Medical have the training and experience needed to guide you through the rough patches of life.
Our Individual Psychotherapy Services
After an evaluation and diagnosis, we recommend individual psychotherapy to most of our patients. That’s because studies find individual therapy to be the most effective treatment for most conditions. Below is a list of some types of therapy that we offer. You and your provider will decide what makes the most sense for you given your specific symptoms, life situation, and the time you have available.
Supportive therapy is actually the most common type of therapy in clinical practice. We offer this at every visit and with every interaction you have with our clinicians no matter the length of the visit. It is a general term for open-ended therapy that deals with daily life problems but doesn’t fit into any of the other buckets on this page. It is found to be helpful with a wide variety of conditions, from depression and anxiety to life changes, relationship and work troubles, and many others.
This type of therapy is focused on identifying specific irrational thoughts and core beliefs that are blocking you. Thoughts influence behaviors and changing one is linked with the other. We will help you to make sure that both your thoughts and behaviors are serving you and aligned with your goals. It is usually done in a structured way, over a limited number of sessions, following a specific (but flexible) protocol. You can read more about it here:
DBT is a type of cognitive behavior therapy that pays particular attention to emotional influences on behavior. It seeks to regulate and reduce a person’s vulnerability to extreme emotional responses.
DBT initially began as a method of treating patients with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder as well as helping patients manage their emotions in general. However, this evidence-based therapy has been shown to be successful for patients suffering from mood disorders, self-harm, substance abuse, and more.
ERP is the gold standard for treating symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and is also sometimes used for other anxiety disorders. The "exposure" in ERP refers to exposing yourself to the thoughts, images, objects, and situations that make you anxious. The "response prevention" part of ERP refers to preventing yourself from engaging in your usual response – a compulsive behavior – after the anxiety or obsessions have been “triggered.” All of this is done under the guidance of a therapist at the beginning, although you will eventually learn to do it on your own. You can read more about ERP here:
Grief a complex reaction to loss of a loved one, or in some cases loss of status or a major life disappointment. Grief counseling can help a person process what has happened, find meaning in it, and develop healthy ways to deal with it. Therapy can help you avoid long-term complications of grief, such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, prolonged or severe psychological distress, and even physical health problems.
Prolonged exposure therapy is an evidence-based, effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It focuses on breaking the cycle of fear and avoidance that is so pervasive and damaging in the lives of patients with PTSD. The therapy involves exposing yourself to the trauma in a safe environment. This can be done through imagination (imaginary exposure) and through real live scenarios (in vivo exposure). It is important to note that the exposure occurs gradually and that the work is done cooperatively with your therapist – you will not be asked to do something without your cooperation or before you are ready. You can read more about it here:
- Prolonged Exposure (PE) by the American Psychological Association
This form of evidence-based therapy focuses on improvement through self-learning and self-understanding – what we call insight. Much of our inner world and the causes of our emotions and behaviors are not obvious to us, or may even be completely outside our awareness. So, we focus on learning about these unconscious processes to gain greater self-control and internal peace. You can read more about it here:
- Psychodynamic Therapy by PsychCentral
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Brings Lasting Benefits through Self-Knowledge by the American Psychological Association
What makes something traumatic isn’t the event itself – it’s your reaction to the event. This, in turn, can be affected by a host of factors like environment, temperament, personal experiences, and more. Likewise, how best to deal with trauma can vary greatly from person to person.
At RIVIA Medical, we offer a wide variety of therapeutic options to help you heal from trauma. What type of therapy or treatment is right for you will depend on your unique situation. Our therapists work with each of our patients to determine the therapy mix that will work best for them.