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What Is Psychotherapy?

a woman learns to open up and begins to heal in psychotherapy for addiction treatment

Psychotherapy is one of the most established – and effective – forms of therapy when it comes to treating substance use disorders. It is generally utilized alongside other therapeutic modalities for the most comprehensive holistic approach to treatment and recovery. By attending a treatment facility like Palo Verde Wellness, you receive the benefit of an experienced treatment team – many of whom are in recovery themselves – that can design a unique and personalized treatment plan just for you. Treating the whole person – mind, body, and soul – provides the most comprehensive approach to therapy and treatment.

Psychotherapy takes many forms, including group, individual, or family formats. This approach to personal wellness can be beneficial for treating addiction and mental health disorders, as well as for those with chronic illness and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Get yourself back on the road to recovery today through psychotherapy, life, skills training, and more by calling our caring clinical team today. For more information about the psychotherapy program at Palo Verde Wellness, call 760-209-6683.

What Is Psychotherapy, and How Does it Work?

Psychotherapy is commonly referred to as talk therapy. It is about sharing feelings to help work through traumas associated with a substance use disorder. It also involves practical exercises and scenarios to help with stress and other emotional symptoms that can be related to addiction.

There are a few different types of psychotherapy:

  • Cognitive psychotherapy addresses anger issues, destructive behavior, and suicidal thoughts
  • Dynamic psychotherapy is an interactive form of psychotherapy
  • Interpersonal psychotherapy is a short-term solution used to treat co-occurring disorders as part of a dual diagnosis

Psychotherapy does have a stigma or stigmas. Many think it’s only for “crazy” people, fake, or a crutch for people who can’t help themselves. But these things could not be further from the truth. Psychotherapy is administered by clinical professionals, and it helps people every single day with their struggles.

Psychotherapy For Addiction

Psychotherapy for addiction is an essential element in helping people with a substance use disorder manage cravings and avoid risking a relapse. As it relates to substance use disorders, many forms of psychotherapy are effective treatments for addiction. These include:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • PTSD treatment
  • Motivational interviewing

Therapy, in general, is critical to the recovery process. Addiction affects both the physical and the mental state of mind. Psychotherapy can assist with the following:

  • Identifying triggers and learning the skills to cope with and avoid those triggers in the future
  • Developing effective coping mechanisms to manage stress
  • Recognizing how certain people and situations affect your addiction
  • Learning specific ways to manage your emotions and the behaviors that lead to addiction so that you can avoid a relapse

Psychotherapy is a primary component of addiction treatment. Individuals who complete an addiction treatment program with therapy and aftercare have higher success rates when it comes to achieving long-term sobriety goals.

Learn More About Psychotherapy at Palo Verde Wellness

With an individualized approach to treatment and recovery, you can have peace of mind knowing you are getting the best care possible when you come to Palo Verde Wellness in the heart of picturesque Palm Springs. Each person’s therapy journey is different, and so their treatment plan should reflect their individuality. It’s important to remove any stigmas surrounding mental health, especially when it comes to seeking treatment. Psychotherapy is an important tool in our treatment toolbox, and it complements many other therapeutic modalities.

In addition to psychotherapy, we offer the following:

  • Adventure therapy
  • Yoga therapy
  • Sound baths
  • Person-centered therapy
  • Anger management
  • Meditative therapy
  • Neurofeedback therapy

Reach out today at 760-209-6683 or via our online contact form to see how a psychotherapy program can help you or a loved one treat a substance use disorder. Our team of licensed clinicians has first-hand knowledge of what it takes to battle a substance use disorder and go through treatment and recovery, as many have been through it themselves.