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Starting Psychotherapy

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a mental health service directed at treating assorted mental health conditions and disorders. The goal of this treatment is to improve a client’s daily functioning, ability to manage symptoms, and overall life satisfaction.

How does psychotherapy work?

Psychotherapy works by employing a variety of therapeutic approaches, depending on a client’s symptoms and concerns, in an effort to adjust perspectives, change behaviors, mitigate mental health symptoms, and address any other goals established by the client and therapist. Making these adjustments will usually involve talking about one’s past experiences, emotional introspection, making connections between emotions and behaviors, and many other practices.

Is psychotherapy conducted in person or online?

Psychotherapy at Thriveworks in Amherst, MA is conducted both in person and virtually via online counseling. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does psychotherapy last?

Thriveworks Amherst psychotherapy is highly individualized, and its duration will be dependent on the goals, condition, symptoms, and overall needs of the client. Some may only require a month or two of treatment before deciding that their therapy journey is complete, while others might spend years receiving treatment.

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The Benefits of Psychotherapy – Thriveworks Amherst, MA  

Therapy, such as that offered at Thriveworks Amherst, can be very effective. Scientifically conducted research consistently demonstrated the value of psychotherapy and mental health counseling. Even brief therapy can be very effective treatment for common mental health problems. Effective psychotherapy and mental health counseling have repeatedly shown to result in happier and healthier lives for those who participate in it. If you think you could benefit from talking to a psychologist, reach out to Thriveworks Amherst, MA today.

 Effectiveness of Psychotherapy  

There is hope for those suffering from a mental health disorder. Over 3,000 scientific studies and 300 summaries of studies have found that psychological therapies consistently result in effective and positive outcomes. They also show that psychotherapy is effective across all ages, from children to adults to the elderly, and across settings ranging from independent practices to community centers to day programs at hospitals.

Psychotherapy is clearly effective treatment for various people in a wide range of settings. It can help with a range of challenges including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Substance abuse
  • Grief
  • Trauma
  • Relationship Issues
  • So much more

Client Satisfaction and Psychotherapy

Studies consistently find that most people prefer psychotherapy over taking medications. There is less likely to be negative or harmful results from psychotherapy where every medication has its side effects that must be monitored. Also, when a client chooses a therapeutic method that fits his or her needs or preferences, there is a higher probability of a positive outcome.

To summarize, there is overwhelming evidence that has come from scientifically conducted research that the value of psychotherapy, even brief therapy, as an effective treatment for common mental health problems is well established and more often than not results in happier and healthier lives for people who participate in it.

Schedule a Session at Thriveworks Amherst  

Given the overwhelming evidence of the effectiveness and benefits of psychological therapy, it seems clear that a therapist at Thriveworks Amherst can help you cope with whatever problem or issue that you may be struggling with. Thriveworks Amherst offers appointments at various times and days so that you may schedule an appointment at a time that works for you.  There’s never a waiting list and many new clients can meet with their provider within the same week as scheduling. Plus, since Thriveworks Amherst accepts most major insurance plans, getting the help you need can be more affordable than you thought.

Our therapists are all trained, licensed, and have years of experience treating people who eventually reduce, and sometimes eliminate, the symptoms of mental health conditions that have persistently troubled them for some time. So, take the first step toward healing by scheduling an appointment with a therapist at Thriveworks Amherst now by calling 413-634-4805.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Massachusetts therapists and counselors accept 31 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • Fallon Health

  • First Health Network

  • Harvard Pilgrim

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Self-pay costs at Amherst
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Amherst is located in the same building as Yoga Center Amherst and Mexcalito Taco Bar. We are right by the intersection of Kellogg Ave and Boltwood Walk, and nearby is the intersection of Kellogg Ave and N Pleasant Street. Near this intersection is Build Yoga and Wellness, The Halal Cart, Richard’s Coin Exchange, and a US Post Office.

Phone number

(413) 340-5164

Languages spoken by MA providers

  • English
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