Who asks for help from a therapist?
Many people of all ages talk to a therapist. As a matter of fact, more than 10 million Americans see a therapist every year. Of these, about two-thirds are women and about one-third are men.
What are the most common problems people have?
Relationship difficulties is the number one problem presented to therapists. Anxiety and depression are also common complaints. For youth, disruptive behavior is the number one symptom. Alcohol and drug problems are also frequently discussed.
What usually stands in the way of individuals entering therapy?
Some individuals think that therapy is only for those who are severely disturbed and, therefore, think that it might not be helpful to them. Others have difficulty admitting that they do have problems or that there is anyone who might be able to solve their problems. Some are concerned that they wouldn’t feel like themselves if they made changes. And other individuals think that they can’t financially afford therapy.
What types of psychotherapy are used at Positive Outcomes?
Although there are many different types of therapy, the primary theoretical approach is the cognitive-behavioral approach.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy focuses on helping clients identify and examine faulty beliefs, distressing emotions, and ineffective behaviors. The client then learns to choose more realistic beliefs, which will lead to feeling better, and then acting more effectively. In this system, the present is more important and history is seen as less relevant.
Because no one therapy approach works for all problems, our doctors often borrow from different approaches as needed to help clients. Please inform us if you wish to have a particular type of therapy.
How long does therapy usually last?
Therapy lasts as long as necessary. All of our psychologists and psychiatrists strive to help clients achieve their goals in the briefest amount of time possible. Some individuals feel satisfied after a few sessions. More commonly, clients remain in therapy for about 15 to 20 sessions. Sometimes clients require more therapy to reach their desired goals. The major client factors that contribute to the length of time include: the presenting problem(s), the client’s current situation, the client’s history, the client’s personality, and the client’s capacity and willingness to make any necessary changes.
Is therapy effective?
Two out of three clients report that, because of therapy, they feel better about themselves and more confident that they can handle the problems of their lives. Some people, however, aren’t satisfied with therapy. Factors that may contribute to the success or failure of therapy include: the difficulty of the problem, the competence of the therapist, the motivation and capability of the client to apply therapeutic principles, and the length of therapy.
What are the differences between a psychologist, a psychiatrist, and a social worker?
A psychologist received a Ph.D. or a Psy.D. from a university (after completing about 6 to 9 years of post graduate training and an internship). A psychiatrist received a M.D. from medical school (after completing about 8 to 10 years of post graduate training and residency). A social worker received a M.S.W. from a graduate school (after completing about 3 to 5 years of post graduate training and internship). Although they all do therapy, a psychologist is additionally trained in assessment and a psychiatrist can prescribe medication. All of the psychologists and psychiatrists at Positive Outcomes are licensed in Georgia.