Understanding Psychotherapy

Trying to find help can seem overwhelming when it involves your mental or emotional health. That’s where psychotherapy can help. 

As an experienced and compassionate psychiatrist, Amir Ahuja, MD, takes a personalized approach to working with his patients in Beverly Hills, California. And, he always encourages therapy first with the goal of reducing or eliminating the need for medications whenever possible.

If you’re having emotional difficulties or are living with a mental illness, here’s how psychotherapy can help.

Psychotherapy 101

The word psychotherapy is actually a broad term that describes talking to a mental health care provider. 

During psychotherapy, you talk about your condition, moods, behaviors, thoughts, and feelings, so you can learn to understand them better. By taking this approach, you can gain the tools you need to face your challenges, and you can develop healthy coping skills at the same time.

For example, psychotherapy can help with:

Psychotherapy can also help a person adjust or cope with major life changes, such as divorce, job loss, ongoing health challenges, or the death of a loved one.

There are different types of psychotherapy techniques, and they can also come in several formats — such as individual, couples, family, or group sessions. However, all forms of psychotherapy involve talking and can be highly effective for people of all ages. In fact, for some individuals, psychotherapy can provide the same results as some medications, such as antidepressants. 

Benefits of psychotherapy

Psychotherapy creates a safe space for you to talk about your thoughts, feelings, and troubles. Even if you struggle to share things about yourself, Dr. Ahuja can help you gain confidence and comfort with the process every step of the way.

Talk therapy can help with a wide range of problems, including the following:

Dr. Ahuja is also a leading voice for the LGBTQ+ community and understands how your experience of gender identity and sexual orientation relates to your mental health.

What to expect

Dr. Ahuja offers several psychotherapy options that can help you in the least amount of time and with the most flexibility. 

Before your first appointment, Dr. Ahuja sends you paperwork to complete along with an Intake Questionnaire. During your first appointment, you go over the answers from the Intake Questionnaire together and discuss your symptoms and personal history.

Based on this information, Dr. Ahuja works closely with you to create a diagnosis and treatment plan. Dr. Ahuja believes strongly in taking a collaborative approach to mental health care and making sure you’re an active participant in your care. Throughout your treatment, the two of you refer back to the diagnosis and treatment plan regularly to assess your progress.

Psychotherapy appointments with Dr. Ahuja can take place in person or by phone or video, and sessions usually last 25-50 minutes. 

To learn more about psychotherapy and to see if this type of therapy can help you, book an appointment online or over the phone with Amir Ahuja MD, today.