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What is a Psychotherapist? What I Do and How I Can Help You?

The psychotherapy techniques offered by Transformation Therapy can help you significantly improve your quality of life. I offer compassionate and nonjudgmental listening and cutting edge therapeutic interventions to help clients overcome the obstacles that are getting in the way of their happiness.
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You’ve probably heard of psychotherapy but you may not be sure exactly what is a psychotherapist. You may think that I only help people with severe mental illnesses. However, I assist a wide range of clients with everyday living problems.  The word psychotherapist is an umbrella term used to describe professionals that provide counseling and psychological support services. In Colorado, there are a number of professions that are included under the umbrella term which include licensed social workers, professional counselors, addictions counselors, psychologists, and registered psychotherapists.  To provide the best service to our clients, psychotherapists frequently specialize in a certain population or populations. For example, some provide services to children and families. At Transformation Therapy, I specialize in adult individuals and couples counseling.

 

Now that I’ve answered the question of what is a psychotherapist, you may be wondering exactly what I do. I use a variety of interventions to help you find ways to overcome negative behavior patterns, deal with troubling emotions, and metabolize the memories of painful situations. 

  

Common Categories of Psychotherapy Techniques Which Therapists Use

Therapists use a variety of psychotherapy techniques based on their style, training, or personality. They generally adapt their technique to the needs and personality of the client and the presenting problem(s).  Techniques, also known as interventions, 

  • Supportive approaches assist clients to cope with and come to terms with life.  Supportive psychotherapy helps the client be able to tolerate the challenges life throws their way. Supportive psychotherapy techniques are used to help clients cope with the many stressors in life. These techniques usually involve reducing anxiety, providing support, building skills and self-esteem, and increasing awareness.  Supportive interventions are especially helpful when clients are facing serious illnesses or dealing with an existential crisis, need support going through challenging life transitions, and/or have experienced debilitating personal, familial, or professional losses. 
  • Psychodynamic approaches are aimed at understanding the source of the client’s problems. The therapist works with the client to help them understand how their past is presently impacting their life and to arrive at a place of peace and serenity about how their earlier experiences.  Being able to uncover, understand, process, and put meaning to their experiences can be a truly healing process. This approach uses free association, the client’s transference of feelings and assumptions onto the therapist, as well as the therapist’s interpretation of those associations and transferences in helping the client gain understanding and healing. 
  • Cognitive-behavioral approaches encourage clients to see the link between their thoughts, feelings, and actions.  These psychotherapy techniques help the client to develop healthier patterns if current ones aren’t working.  CBT techniques help the client slow down and notice the connection between events, their thoughts about the event, the feelings that the thoughts generate, and the client’s reaction to the event.  
  • Systemic approaches look at the client’s problems within the context of their families, relationships and work environments.  Just as the human body is a system of interrelated systems, individuals, families, and couples can be viewed as systems that seek to maintain homeostasis.  In working with couples, I work to help identify the conflict dance that couples get into and to identify how the dance serves some purpose for them. Research has shown that couples can learn to understand and transform their dance of conflict into opportunities for closeness and mutual understanding. Working with individuals from a systems approach, I work to identify and appreciate the different facets of the individual that help the authentic self manage life strategically, as well as cover-up and protect the system from painful emotions and memories.  
  • Gestalt/Experiential approaches use expressive tool and activities, such as role-playing, props, music, drama, guided imagery, and other forms of activities to re-enact and re-experience emotional situations.  
  • Somatic approaches use the interplay between the body and the mind to access and gain awareness to emotions. These approaches usually teach mindfulness and being able to identify and accept the emotions as they are experienced in the body.  Somatic approaches use the body’s ability to feel and release emotions as a way to heal the psyche. 

What Are the Benefits of Psychotherapy?

There are many benefits of psychotherapy. They include:

 

  • Reduced irritability and depression. Even when these feelings occur, they won’t linger or hamper your ability to function.
  • Increased likeability. When you address your negative emotions, you’ll draw more people to you and get along better with others personally and professionally.
  • Ability to see things from other’s perspective and to get along better with others.
  • Ability to stand up for yourself in an assertive, rather than aggressive or passive, manner.
  • Improved stress management. Finding appropriate ways to release tension and talk has a positive impact on your wellbeing. 
  • Increased ability to focus. When you have fewer internal distractions and you can manage your emotions better, your focus will improve.
  • Improved ability to have honest, fulfilling relationships.
  • Improved ability to be in the present moment and to enjoy life more fully.
  • Awareness and appreciation of one’s thoughts and emotions.
  • A greater sense of wellbeing. 

 

As you can see, there are many approaches and benefits to psychotherapy. If you think could benefit from professional help, call Transformation Therapy at (303) 872-7899 to schedule an appointment or ask questions. I serve Arvada, Golden, and Wheat Ridge, CO.

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Angie has been amazing over the past year and a half we have worked with her. My wife and I went to her to improve our communication skills.
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