When our mind is at ease, any work is smoothly accomplished. But amidst all the hustle bustle and the rat race of daily life, we somehow tend to lose our peace of mind. As, Everything affects everything our life gets discordant and severely affects our relationship with people around us. Everything seems to fall apart due to the devoid of mental peace. Then, there comes the introduction of Psychotherapy  in our life.

  • What is Psychotherapy ?

Psychotherapy or, mainly talk therapy, is a way of treatment of a person’s behavioural disorders, mental illness, or other conditions by psychological means. It provides help to people with a variety of emotional difficulties, mental illnesses. It can help eliminate problematic symptoms so that a person can function better and can maintain well-being and healthy lifestyle. Studies show that at about 75% of people seem to benefit from it by entering into psychotherapy.

  • What are the different approaches to Psychotherapy?

There are several types of therapy under this branch. Mental health professionals choice these type of therapy according to the patient’s disorder and also depends upon his/her preference. Therapists generally use these techniques~

  1. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy :

It’s a process where people get to identify and change their pattern of thinking and behaviour that is harmful or ineffective and replace them with more effective and functional way of thought and behavioural patterns. It focuses on “real life” problem solving and practicing new skills.

  1. Psychodynamic Therapy :

It is based on the idea that behaviour and mental health are being influenced by childhood experiences and inappropriate unconscious feelings towards something. Therapist helps to improve self awareness and change old patterns so that the patient can fully take charge /be aware of his/her life.

  1. Supportive Therapy : 

It’s a process that uses guidance and encourages their patients to help develop their own resources. It helps in building self esteem, reduce anxiety and improve social functioning.

Whereas, effective techniques and methodologies works well for patients, a good relationship between client and therapist works on a long term basis.

Now, 

  • What is Therapeutic Relationship ?

The therapeutic relationship is the relationship between client and therapist. This applies to all forms of psychotherapy and all forms of counselling. Without this bond, no therapy can be ever successful. The bond between patient and therapist is considered to be of high importance due to intimate exchange of emotions, difficulties in behaviour etc. It is crucial due to the success of counselling as it focuses on patients having trouble in expression, faced trauma in early years, struggled having relationships in past. Therapy helps clients to explore through various changes in pattern of thought, behaviour and share a bond of emotion with their therapists. Hence, it is important to have a good relationship between client and therapist. 

  • Why is Therapeutic relationship so important  ?

Establishing a good relationship with the client and the therapist would cure one of the major problems i.e., communication breach between the sufferer and normal person who fails to understand them.

Trust is the key! A patient must trust his/her therapist’s experience, tactics, knowledge and skills.

Once, the relationship is established it would be easier for the patient to open up more emotionally, ready to give more details of their concerns that bothers. This in turn, comprehends to a more successful treatment of patient’s understanding their way of thought, concerns, certain beliefs, feelings etc. Equipped with proper information, therapist leads to a better treatment strategies to order the issue.

To conclude, just like a healthy relationship will bring fruits to the treatment, the opposite could bring adverse effects like, the therapist 

  • Would try to influence on you 
  • Would talk too much or not at all
  • Tries to touch you without any consent
  • Is judgemental of your lifestyle, conducts and beliefs

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