Why go to a therapist?
“When I see that something is wrong, am i in the process to fix it?
Many times while trying to find a solution to my problem eventually turns not to be the correct one. I’ve tried everything and I feel like I’m at an impasse. I tried to speak with my close people (or relatives) to bring the desired change, but eventually the assistance is not enough. At this point the professional help may be useful.”
Psychologists help individuals focus on what is causing the symptoms to manifest or intensify. Once the source of the condition is identified, psychologists work with patients to develop coping skills. Psychologists provide a safe environment to express one’s feelings. They are also bound by doctor-patient confidentiality, except when future harm to self or other is mentioned.
I need a therapist, and I have friends?
Often there is a belief that friendship can substitute or supplement psychotherapy: “I have friends to share my problems, do I need psychotherapy?” This is indeed in some cases but not in others.
During this time seeking advice from the people of the nearby environment. when someone has a problem, it is very healthy looking solutions with people who are close to him. But if the assistance is not enough, professional help may be useful. Most times friends do not know how to get into the traps that have been dropped or you have created yourself. The therapist has the knowledge to work it together.
In a psychotherapist go those who are “mentally disturbed” or “sick”?
Psychotherapy is a general term referring to therapeutic interaction or treatment contracted between a trained professional and a client, patient, family, couple, or group. The problems addressed are psychological in nature and of no specific kind or degree, but rather depend on the specialty of the practitioner. Psychotherapy aims to increase the individual’s sense of his/her own well-being. Psychotherapists employ a range of techniques based on experiential relationship building, dialogue, communication and behavior change that are designed to improve the mental health of a client or patient, or to improve group relationships (such as in a family). Psychotherapy is a useful tool that can help everyone because it is an exploration of the inner world.
Like when you know your body or your health is better, the same is respectively and psychotherapy. As discussed is your body and thus make your health better. Psychotherapy is an aid for the psychophysical integration and the improvement of interpersonal contacts, and facilitates the conversation with himself. Psychotherapy is not about sick, but for anyone interested in introspection. Besides, mental fullness does not come from the outside to the inside, but from the inside out.
When does the treatment end?
Whenever you judge that has fulfilled your request for treatment. Psychotherapy is a personal process that has to do with what happens between therapist and patient. The truth is that there is no default and the default path. It starts with a basic direction: the patient to feel better in the here and now. Both the therapist and the patients do not know in advance what the route. And that journey is a joint decision by both sides.
Psychodrama is an action method, often used as a psychotherapy, in which clients use spontaneous dramatization, role playing and dramatic self-presentation to investigate and gain insight into their lives. Developed by Jacob L. Moreno, M.D. (1889-1974) psychodrama includes elements of theater, often conducted on a stage where props can be used. By closely recreating real-life situations, and acting them out in the present, clients have the opportunity to evaluate their behavior and more deeply understand a particular situation in their lives.
Psychodrama may be used in a variety of clinical and community-based settings, and is most often utilized in a group scenario, in which each person in the group can become therapeutic agents for one another’s scenes. Psychodrama is not, however, a form of group therapy, and is instead an individual psychotherapy that is executed from within a group. A psychodrama is best conducted and produced by a person trained in the method, called a psychodrama director.
In a session of psychodrama, one client of the group becomes the protagonist, and focuses on a particular situation to enact on stage. A variety of scenes may be enacted, depicting, for example, memories of specific happenings in the client’s past, unfinished situations, inner dramas, fantasies, dreams, preparations for future risk-taking situations, or unrehearsed expressions of mental state in the here and now. These scenes either approximate real-life situations or are externalizations of inner mental processes. Other members of the group may become auxiliaries, and support the protagonist by playing other significant roles in the scene.
A core tenet of psychodrama is Moreno’ s theory of “spontaneity-creativity”
Moreno believed that the best way for an individual to respond creatively to a situation is through spontaneity, that is, through a readiness to improvise and respond in the moment. By encouraging an individual to address a problem in a creative way, reacting spontaneously and based on impulse, they may begin to discover new solutions to problems in their lives and learn new roles they can inhabit within it. Moreno’s focus on spontaneous action within the psychodrama was developed in his Theatre of Spontaneity. Disenchanted with the stagnancy he observed in scripted theatre, he found himself interested in the spontaneity required in improvisational work. He founded an improvisational troupe in the 1920’s. This work in the theatre impacted the development of his psychodramatic theory.
In psychodrama, participants explore internal conflicts by acting out their emotions and interpersonal interactions on stage. A psychodrama session (typically 90 minutes to 2 hours) focuses principally on a single participant, known as the protagonist. Protagonists examine their relationships by interacting with the other actors and the leader, known as the director. This is done using specific techniques, including mirroring, doubling (psychodrama), soliloquy, and role reversal. The session is often broken up into three phases – the warm-up, the action, and the post-discussion.
During a typical psychodrama session, a number of clients gather together. One of these clients is chosen as the protagonist, and the director calls on the other clients to assist the protagonist’s “performance,” either by portraying other characters, or by utilizing mirroring, doubling, or role reversal. The clients act out a number of scenes in order to allow the protagonist to work through certain scenarios. This is obviously beneficial for the protagonist, but also is helpful to the other actors, allowing them to assume the role of another person and apply that experience to their own life. The focus during the session is on the acting out of different scenarios, rather than simply talking through them. All of the different elements of the session (stage, props, lighting, etc.) are used to heighten the reality of the scene.
The three sections of a typical session are the warm-up, the action, and the sharing
During the warm-up, the actors are encouraged to enter into a state of mind where they can be present in and aware of the current moment and are free to be creative. This is done through the use of different games. One such game is called the “lifeboat warmup”. In this warmup, the clients are told that they are in a lifeboat with a limited amount of space. In order to survive, an actor must convince the client that he or she deserves a seat on the lifeboat. Next, the action section of the psychodrama session is the time in which the actual scenes themselves take place. Finally, in the post-discussion, the different actors are able to comment on the action and share their empathy and experiences with the protagonist of the scene.
Psychodrama as an action technique can be used for individual psychotherapy and it involves physical, cognitive and emotional movement of the client rather than sitting and talking, as in more conventional therapy. The protagonist may enact a scene from their life using their familiar space, time, reality and expression. The focus is on what doesn’t happen in life and what life doesn’t give the client the opportunity to express. It may free the person, to do in life, something different or alternative to what was expressed in the session. Spontaneity and creativity are the cornerstones of this method. There is time available to discuss and share the process.
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