Mental Health & Wellness
Counseling & Treatment Modalities
Modalities in counseling and therapy basically refer to the participant(s) attending the session(s). The modality may change for a single or multiple sessions depending upon the needs of the person(s) being seen. For example, a teen experiencing mental health concerns may benefit from having family members join a session or a few sessions in order to discuss areas of concern that may be hindering recovery or to discuss progress or setbacks.
Psychotherapy is the therapeutic treatment of mental illness provided by a trained mental health professional. Psychotherapy explores thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and seeks to improve an individual’s well-being. Therapists use Evidence-Based Treatments (EBTs) which have been rigorously tested to help ensure the effectiveness of psychotherapy. A therapist may incorporate auxiliary treatments over the course of therapy, depending on the individual(s) and circumstances. This holistic or integrative method aids in the collaborative creation of a mental care plan that is unique to each person(s).
Using psychotherapy, or talk therapy, a mental health professional is able to treat people with a broad variety of mental health crises as well as mental health disorders or illness. Psychotherapy can help a person eliminate or manage troubling symptoms for better function and increased well-being and healing.
Below are the most common therapy modalities.
Individual therapy explores negative thoughts and feelings, as well as the harmful or self-destructive behaviors that might accompany them. Individual therapy may delve into the underlying causes of current problems (such as unhealthy relationship patterns or a traumatic experience from your past), but the primary focus is on making positive changes in the present.
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Family Counseling & Therapy
Family therapy involves treating more than one member of the family at the same time to help the family resolve conflicts and improve interaction. It is often based on the premise that families are a system. If one role in the family changes, all are affected and need to change their behaviors as well.
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Group Counseling & Therapy
Self-help and support groups can help you gain insight into your condition. They can provide friendships, support, resources, and tips on how to live with your condition. They also help address the feelings of isolation that often go along with mental health conditions.
Group therapy is facilitated by a professional therapist, and involves a group of peers working on the same problem, such as anxiety, depression or substance abuse, for example. Group therapy can be a valuable place to practice social dynamics in a safe environment and find inspiration and ideas from peers who are struggling with the same issues.
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Marriage / Couples Counseling & Therapy
Marriage or Couples therapy involves the two people in a committed relationship (i.e. marriage or couples). People go to therapy to learn how to work through their differences, communicate better and problem-solve challenges in the relationship.
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Premarital counseling can help partners identify areas likely to cause conflict later on—finances, child-rearing methods, career goals, and family dynamics, among others—and either work through these issues in the early stages of the relationship, if possible, or develop a plan to address them in the years to come.
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Relationship Counseling & Therapy
Relationship therapy isn’t just for married people, it can also be helpful for siblings dealing with family issues, business partners, in-laws, spouse’s friends or even a friend’s spouse. Relationships like these don’t need to be contentious. The techniques and skills you learn through relationship counseling will help you more effectively communicate, relate to others and remain patient even in the midst of loud and problematic individuals.
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Telehealth, Teletherapy or telepsychiatry coverage in many health plans means professionals can now provide many treatments virtually. Most visits in this way require a camera on a smart phone or computer—but not all. This therapy can be delivered by phone. Your therapist or health plan will be able to answer your questions on their use of this technology. A growing number of people are opting for telehealth to meet their mental health care needs.
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