How Does Therapy Work?

How Does Therapy Work?

Psychotherapy, also referred to as talk therapy, provides essential support for clients recovering from substance misuse and mental health disorders. According to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), "Even when medications relieve symptoms, psychotherapy and other interventions can help a person address specific issues," including "self-defeating ways of thinking, fears, problems interacting with other people, or dealing with situations at home, school, or work." Therapy actually helps clients heal and grow. Samarpan offers a range of treatment options, including evidence-based and alternative therapies.

Why Is Therapy Effective?

Therapy is a highly effective form of treatment. In fact, most people in recovery benefit from attending individual and group therapy sessions. Psychotherapy provides clients with the tools they need to address specific issues affecting their mental health, including:

  • Maladaptive thoughts, beliefs, or behaviours
  • Fear and negative emotions
  • Self-harming or risk-taking behaviours
  • Difficulties forming healthy social connections

Clients undergo screenings and assessments to help the clinical team understand which therapeutic approaches might provide the best results. However, every case is unique, and no two clients react the same to treatment. Everyone has their own preferences and belief systems. In fact, most people respond best to tailored treatment programs that allow them to control the direction of their care. Most clients collaborate with the care team and choose which therapy methods might best meet their needs.

Therapy provides essential support by doing the following:

  • Alleviating symptoms of trauma, anxiety, and stress
  • Helping clients identify the root causes of their disorder
  • Providing an outlet for healthy self-expression
  • Encouraging self-improvement and skill development

The Most Common Forms of Therapy

Some of the most common therapy methods include:

  • Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)
  • Motivational interviewing (MI)
  • Transactional analysis (TA)
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Experiential therapy
  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR)
  • Contingency management 
  • Anger management,
  • Behaviour modification
  • Relapse Prevention

Some clients benefit from participating in traditional talk therapy alongside alternative holistic therapies, including:

  • Adventure and activity therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Creative healing
  • Drama therapy
  • Music therapy

Evidence-based and alternative therapies provide clients with social connections, skill development, and mental health education. Most people participate in an eclectic mix of therapies designed to address their circumstances. According to the previously mentioned research published by NIMH, "Choosing the right treatment plan should be based on a person's individual needs and medical situation."

Therapy Actually Works Best When Combined With Other Treatments

Most clinicians use a combination of therapeutic approaches to ensure a well-rounded care plan. In most cases, therapy actually provides the best support when used in conjunction with other forms of treatment and support services, including:

  • Prescription medication
  • Dietary changes
  • Physical exercise
  • Peer support
  • Skill development
  • Mental health education

Family involvement in therapy also plays a crucial role in recovery for many people. At Samarpan, we offer weekly facilitated sessions with family members and other family support services to ensure our clients and their loved ones can take full advantage of therapy.

Therapy Actually Involves Collaboration Between the Therapist and Client

Collaboration is the most critical component of effective recovery programs and therapy. The individual, group, and family therapy should involve collaboration between all people involved in the sessions. According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, "Given its significance, therapists strive to maintain an empathic viewpoint throughout treatment." Clinicians who prioritize empathy and compassion often have a deeper connection with clients.

Collaboration between clients and the care team at Samarpan is achieved by doing the following:

  • Actively listening and communicating effectively
  • Taking into consideration any details shared by the client that may impact their recovery
  • Using ethical practices to ensure the client has control over their own recovery
  • Educating the client about their options

Samarpan's Director of Residential Services, Martin Peters, has said, "[T]he therapeutic relationship, is the most important factor and therefore there is a strong emphasis on our staff being empathetic, culturally competent and relatable, whilst also having the appropriate professional boundaries." The Deputy Director of Residential Services at Samarpan, Obi Unaka, has also said, "Our approach is collaborative thereby inviting the client to be the driver of his/her treatment episode which engenders the autonomy required for them to take responsibility."

Compassionate and Ethical Care at Samarpan

Our policies and guidelines at Samarpan ensure clients feel safe and secure while confiding in their therapist. Clients have autonomy and control over their treatment plans and therapy goals. In addition, the care team uses comprehensive screenings and assessments to ensure that they provide the most effective suggestions for therapy. The care team helps clients plan their treatment and continuing care.

Meeting Clients Where They Are Today

Samarpan meets clients where they are today and helps them set the foundation for a healthier future. Therapy actually works by ensuring that clients find some way to feel invested in their own treatment and long-term recovery. DBT, CBT, MI, and other therapy methods can help clients overcome ambivalence and feel more engaged. Clinicians meet clients where they are by doing the following:

  • Actively listening to their needs, desires, and preferences
  • Listening to feedback and adjusting treatment as needed
  • Forging a bond of trust with the client
  • Considering all current factors that might impact treatment and recovery

Samarpan helps people find healthier ways to cope with and manage their condition using therapy and other evidence-based methods.

Most people who struggle with substance misuse or mental health disorders have underlying issues contributing to their condition. Addressing those problems promotes healing and positive mental health. Therapy helps clients come to terms with their circumstances and find healthy ways to improve their quality of life and ability to contribute to society. Unlike other treatments, including prescription medication, therapy works by helping clients connect thoughts and beliefs with specific behaviours and consequences. Increasing self-awareness and providing essential insights allows therapists to guide clients through recovery. Samarpan uses multiple forms of therapy to help clients recover and move forward. To learn more about our treatment and programs, call us today at +91 81809 19090.

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