What Is Outpatient Psychotherapy?
Outpatient psychotherapy, sometimes called ‘talk therapy’ is the process of working with a licensed therapist to resolve emotional, behavioral, relational, or other psychosocial problems. A psychotherapist may be a licensed clinical social worker, counselor, marriage & family therapist, psychologist, psychiatric nurse, or psychiatrist. Short term outpatient therapy may range in duration from 6 to 12 months with a frequency of 1 to 2 treatment sessions per week. More intense treatment may be required for individuals and families who present with more chronic, persistent, or severe problems.
Treatment targets a broad range of psychological concerns, including:
- Marital Conflict
- Self Esteem
- Women’s Issues
- Addiction & Substance Abuse
- Grief & Loss
- Identity concerns
- Anger Management
- Personality Disorder
- Men’s Issues
- Trauma and PTSD
- Child Conduct Problems
- Relationship Issues
- Bipolar Disorder
- Domestic Violence
- Employee Assistance Program
- School Behavioral Problems
Depending upon identified need, licensed therapists utilize one or more of the following primary treatment modalities:
- Individual therapy – clients work one-on-one with a licensed therapist
- Family Therapy – Families work with a licensed therapist to addresses specific issues such as crisis, conflicts, or communication barriers that affect the psychological health of the family.
- Group Therapy – A group of patients work through problems by interacting with a therapist and a group of individuals with similar struggles.
- Marriage/Couples Therapy – Spouses, couples, or partners in intimate relationships work with a therapist to achieve improved intimacy, understanding, conflict resolution, reconciliation or amicable separation.
Who can benefit?
Outpatient psychotherapy can be used to help a range of people. The following feelings are signs that an individual might benefit from this type of therapy:
- Overwhelming feelings of sadness or helplessness.
- An inability to cope with everyday problems.
- Difficulty concentrating on work or studies most of the time.
- Drinking too much, taking drugs, or being aggressive to an extent that is threatening or harmful to oneself or others.
- A sense that problems never improve, despite receiving help from friends and family.
- Feeling constantly on edge or worrying unnecessarily.
- Intrusive, unwanted, recurrent thoughts that interfere with sleep, daily functioning, or sense of peace.
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