Once upon a time, the practice of psychotherapy was met by the general public with great stigma. People who voluntarily or involuntarily sought help from a mental health practitioner were viewed as unstable or insane. People were much more inclined to keep their history of receiving such treatment a secret to avoid harsh criticism by others. Revealing past mental health treatment could even place a person at risk of being fired from a job. Though there are still social barriers to openly requesting and receiving mental health services in Montana, times have certainly changed. In fact, most people encounter at least one period of time in their lives in which they may benefit from receiving psychotherapy services.
Reasons to Seek Psychotherapy
A common misconception is that a person must be in a moment of crisis to seek therapy. The truth is that seeking therapy before a small problem intensifies can help many people avoid a crisis. Visiting a therapist to discuss mild anxiety, anger, or a phobia can help the patient learn to address the problem at its root cause and remedy the issue before it begins to cause a limitation on the patient’s life. In other cases, people seek psychotherapy to address habits they wish to change such as negative thinking, overeating, or extreme shyness. In these cases, the therapist can examine the person’s past to determine why these behavioral patterns began. The doctor may even assign the patient social and personal exercises to do in the interest of introducing new behaviors to help the patient eventually develop improved habits. More urgent situations in which a person should immediately receive psychotherapy include cases that involve depression and destructive behavior. People who pose even a slight risk of harming themselves or should receive psychotherapy immediately, even if getting help requires calling emergency medical personnel on the person’s behalf.
Montana Psychotherapy Options
The most important aspect prospective patients should remember about psychotherapy is that the practice encompasses many different therapeutic techniques, and no solution is one-size-fits all. Therefore, people who are seeking therapy may need to be patient and try out different doctors and techniques to determine find the best fit. Most results are not achieved in just one session; therefore, it is important to be willing to make a time commitment to allow time for any plan to become effective. Patients should be highly communicative with their doctor and express all concerns and effects they believe they may be experiencing as a result of the therapy.
For further information about the benefits of psychotherapy, get in touch with Montana Psychiatry & Brain Health Center and make an appointment with us! At our office in Billings, our compassionate team will be happy to address your concerns, answer your questions, and help you feel healthy inside and out. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!