Mental health issues are complex and serious. If you’re struggling with mental health issues like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or anger management, you can benefit from professional diagnosis, support, and care. No one should have to deal with mental health issues alone.
At Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates of North Chelmsford, Massachusetts, we provide psychotherapy to give you space to talk about your mental health concerns. With treatment and support, you can find your way to a better mental health equilibrium, ending the dominance of your mental health symptoms over your life.
Our team at Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates includes psychiatrists and other providers licensed to provide psychotherapy. Confused about psychiatry and psychotherapy? Here’s some basics about these treatment modalities, and how they could help you.
Defining psychiatry and psychotherapy
There’s a lot of overlap between psychology and psychiatry. Both seek to address and improve mental health, and deal with disorders of the mind. Let’s explore some key terms relating to mental health treatment.
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in the treatment and diagnosis of mental illness. Psychiatrists have a medical understanding of the relationship between mental health symptoms like anxiety and physical health conditions like high blood pressure or heart problems. Psychiatrists can write prescriptions for medications that may be able to help you manage your mental health issues.
Psychologists have a doctoral degree in psychology, and study the mind and mental behaviors. Psychologists can provide counseling and psychotherapy, but typically can’t write prescriptions or perform medical tests.
In psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, your provider at Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates helps you explore your symptoms and emotional struggles. Psychiatrists and other licensed mental health professionals can provide effective psychotherapy.
How psychotherapy can help you
Psychotherapy treatment can rely on several different approaches, depending on your mental health symptoms, background, and needs.
You could benefit from treatment modalities including:
- Regular therapy sessions, as an individual, a couple, a family, or a group
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), an approach that focuses on identifying and changing patterns in your thoughts and behavior
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), similar to CBT but focused specifically on regulating difficult emotions
- Interpersonal therapy (IPT), a short-term treatment option to help you deal with problem relationships and shifting personal roles
- Supportive therapy, a form of psychotherapy that works on rebuilding your self-esteem through gentle encouragement and guidance
- Psychodynamic therapy, exploring the childhood experiences that shaped your unconscious to understand the roots of your mental health symptoms
Psychotherapy can help with mental health and emotional difficulties including depression, anxiety, and psychiatric disorders. Studies show that around 75% of people who seek psychotherapy support see improvements in mental health.
To learn more about how psychiatry and psychotherapy could support your mental health and improve your daily life, getting you through crises or stressful mental health symptoms, get in touch with the team at Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates today.
Schedule your appointment over the phone, or request an appointment online.