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COLUMBIA CENTER FOR PSYCHIATRY

DAVID J. FISCHER, M.D.
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PSYCHOTHERAPY

Psychotherapy is sometimes needed for mental health issues

Psychotherapy is a general term for a process of treating mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. The psychotherapy process occurs through verbal and non-verbal communication about one’s condition and related issues in interaction with a psychotherapist. Through the process of psychotherapy, an individual learns about their condition and becomes aware of their moods, feelings, thoughts and behavior. Using the insights and knowledge gained in psychotherapy, an individual can develop effective, healthy coping skills and proficiency in personal stress management

Dr. Fischer provides individual, group and family psychotherapy. These include brief, short-term, pragmatic problem-oriented therapy to more comprehensive long-term in-depth exploratory approaches.

 

SHORT-TERM PSYCHOTHERAPY

The initial goal of treatment is to relieve the distressing symptoms that the patient is experiencing as quickly as possible, to re-establish emotional balance and to clear thinking, and to restore the patient to a former level of functioning. The primary goal of brief or short-term therapy is symptom relief and the restoration to a previous level of functioning with the incorporation of more effective problem solving skills and better coping ability.

SHORT-TERM PSYCHOTHERAPHY EMPHASIZES:

  1. A focus on a specific problem, and

  2. Direct intervention

Short-term psychotherapy is solution-based. It is less concerned with how a problem arose than with the current factors sustaining it and preventing change. The goal is to learn coping techniques and problem-solving skills that can help a person regain a sense of control and balance in their life. This is accomplished by an interactive, solution-focused approach that addresses acute challenges to the individual such as anxiety and depression that the patient is experiencing.

 

COMPREHENSIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY

In contrast to short-term psychotherapy long–term comprehensive psychotherapy has a more general and exploratory focus. The goal is to help people identify and understand the behavior, emotions, and ideas that contribute to their problems or illness. Understanding and identifying the long standing life problems or events that contribute to a person’s problems can help the person understand which aspects of these problems they may personally be contributing to. By identifying one’s input into problems one can gain power to change. The aim is be able to solve problems and improve the quality of their life.

The most important benefit of long-term comprehensive psychotherapy is that through growth and development the patient will feel like themself again, or for the first time. This result comes from learning a different mode of being. The patient learns a better, more effective way of processing information and a broader more open way of experiencing themself, other people and the world. Ultimately the patient can rediscover their own voice, i.e., who they are, their thoughts, feelings, fantasies as well as their priorities. By behaving in a self-directed, spontaneous and effective manner they can develop the courage to actualize their priorities into action and behavior. This leads to a greater sense of control, provides a richer emotional experience, and increases the sense of personal freedom and self-esteem resulting in the ability to create a more satisfying, successful and meaningful life.

 

The Columbia Center's Philosophy of Psychotherapy



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