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Psychotherapy in Northern New Jersey

Psychotherapy performed by Psycho-Educational Associates can be very helpful in addressing a number of emotional issues among patients in Totowa, Woodland Park, Little Falls Township and the surrounding areas in New Jersey.

What is Psychotherapy?

Simply put, psychotherapy is a way of addressing your moods, feelings, thoughts and behaviors through talk therapy with a psychiatrist, psychologist or another mental health provider. The goal is to help you understand what is causing problems for you and then develop positive coping skills.

For an analogy, imagine that you unexpectedly find yourself in a country where you do not know the language. At first, you are confused and anxious, unable to communicate. However, as you start to understand, you also begin to learn how to respond properly. In psychotherapy, you learn a new personal, emotional and psychological language that will help you function better and more comfortably in your own world.

Psychotherapy covers a range of practitioners – psychiatrist, psychologist, mental health providers – using different methods of therapy. Your individual situation may be best suited to a certain type of treatment; for instance, out of control anger might require a specialist in anger management.

At Psycho-Educational Associates Our counseling philosophy is one that incorporates a process of self exploration and empowerment. We help clients develop healthy coping skills and identify internal and external resources to help facilitate growth through psycho-social discomfort. At Psycho-Educational Associates our treatment is individualized an client centered. It is our belief that when a safe and well structured therapeutic environment is created, clients are able to interact more freely and have the ability to explore interpersonal relationships more deeply. When combined with skilled clinicians, it is the cohesive relationship that offers ample opportunities of genuine expression, and helps clients actively engage in corrective emotional experiences.

Conditions Treated with Psychotherapy

Several conditions may be treated with psychotherapy, including:

  • Mood disorders, including depression or bipolar disorder
  • Drug, alcohol or gambling addictions
  • Anxiety Disorders such as phobias, panic, OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Personality disorders, including borderline, antisocial disorder and dependent disorders
  • Psychotic disorders with dissociation from reality (schizophrenia)
  • Eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia

Types of Psychotherapy

There are many types of therapy used to successfully treat patients, a few of which include:

  • Cognitive behavior therapy – which identifies negative beliefs and unhealthy behaviors and helps replace them with healthy thoughts and actions.
  • Interpersonal behavior therapy – a process that focuses on problems with other people and learning ways to improve interpersonal skills.
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy – which helps make people aware of unconscious thoughts and behaviors so they may change those that are problematic
  • Psychoanalysis/psychodynamic therapies – designed to assist you in resolving conflict through new insight into unconscious thoughts and behaviors.
  • Supportive psychotherapy – which strengthens and supports your ability to cope with stress and stressful situations

Who Benefits from Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is not limited to those diagnosed with any of these mental illnesses, as it can be highly effective for people who are overwhelmed by stress or conflict in everyday life. Psychotherapy can be beneficial by providing:

  • Conflict resolution between you, your partner or family member
  • Relief from the anxiety produced by work or other situations
  • Recovery from abuse (sexual or physical)
  • Help dealing with life changes like financial turns, death of a loved one, loss of job and/or change of careers
  • Assistance in recognizing and changing unhealthy reactions like road rage or passive aggression
  • Relief from insomnia
  • Management of chronic pain or physical problems such as diabetes or cancer

Psychotherapy is offered in different formats that are geared towards different situations, including individual, couple, family or group therapy sessions, and can be effective for people of all age groups.

The Process

As the phrase “talk therapy” implies, you are encouraged to talk freely to your therapist about your emotions, thoughts, and problems. Even if you find it is difficult to address these subjects initially, it is your therapist’s job to make you increasingly comfortable with understanding and expressing your feelings and thoughts.

Psychotherapy is a complex process of excavating buried emotions and discussing them. These situations often involve revelations of deep pain or anger, which can produce tears or rage, followed by exhaustion. Your therapist can help you understand and cope with these feelings, and to learn to handle them better.

Some therapies may involve assignments for you to do between sessions, so that you can build on what you have discussed in therapy. This is a process that requires a certain amount of time and work on your part in order to change the way you think and react and the way you feel about yourself.

Psychotherapy Services We Offer

We specialize in the following types of psychotherapy services:

No one has to live with ongoing despair, anxiety or anger. If these feelings constantly interrupt your ability to achieve contentment or fulfillment in your interpersonal relationships, please contact us.

Are you in need of someone to talk to about the issues of daily living? Here at Psycho-Educational Associates, we have experienced, caring professionals standing by ready to provide you with psychotherapy and a variety of other services. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!