The late trial lawyer Louis Nizer once stated, “Words of comfort, skillfully administered, are the oldest therapy known to man.” Wise words can make a critical difference in one’s life, but so can listening. Sometimes if people are just permitted to speak to a nonjudgmental, compassionate listener, they can find the answers to their questions within. A great therapist or counselor has both attributes: A keen ability to say the right thing at the right time, and an ability to listen quietly as they help guide people toward truth and happiness.
The licensed psychologists at Thriveworks in Joliet, IL are extensively trained in the arts of supporting and listening. They have the skills to tailor their therapeutic approaches to unique individuals, learning about their clients as they progress. Psychologists and clients work in collaboration to find answers to life’s urgent questions and issues, and to help clients find the strength within themselves to achieve their goals.
How Does Psychotherapy Work?
Psychotherapy works through a variety of theoretical approaches, or modalities. Many of today’s psychologists begin with a client-centered approach, asking themselves what will best serve their client’s needs. Often a client will begin the process of psychotherapy at Thriveworks in Joliet, IL with a particular problem that needs solving, but not always. Psychologists can help solve problems and address issues through a wide variety of modalities, including the following:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Trauma-focused CBT
- Motivational interviewing
- Cognitive processing therapy (CPT)
- Substance abuse counseling
- Mindfulness-based interventions
- Strength-based interventions
- Gestalt therapy
- Person-centered therapy
- Stress management
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
- Play therapy
- Art therapy
Psychologists, social workers, and mental health counselors may use a blend of different approaches, depending on what will best help the client.
Why Did My Psychologist Send Me to a Psychiatrist?
Clinical psychologists and counseling psychologists have doctoral degrees in psychology, but they do not have medical degrees. Therefore a psychologist cannot prescribe psychotropic medication like antidepressants or mood stabilizers. At Thriveworks in Joliet, IL, psychologists (PhDs or PsyDs) often collaborate with their psychiatrist colleagues to best serve their clients. This might mean that a Thriveworks psychologist might refer a client to a Thriveworks psychiatrist for medication treatment for a mental health condition like the following:
- Major depression
- Anxiety disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
- Postpartum depression (PPD)
- Eating disorders
- Behavioral difficulties
- Specific phobias
Psychologists and psychiatrists at Thriveworks often work together to find the best treatment protocols for individual clients.
How Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Improve Mental Health?
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most popular and effective evidence-based treatments available to Thriveworks clients. CBT helps people address the underlying thoughts and beliefs behind their behaviors. By identifying these thinking patterns, clients can start the process of modifying them in healthy ways. CBT can help with a wide variety of problematic behaviors and issues, from relationship problems to anxiety to depression. Countless people have reaped the rewards of their clinical experience with CBT.
Do Normal People Need Therapy for Mental Health?
What is a “normal” person? We all have problems that need solving. We all experience difficult life transitions. We all have our moments of upset and unhappiness. And sometimes it turns out that the happiest people that you know are so happy, in part, because they routinely see a therapist! The services of psychologists and other mental health professionals can often be preventative medicine, i.e., they help give people the coping skills to deal with issues as they arise. So yes, “normal” people can benefit from therapy. You do not need to be suffering from an acute problem, a mental illness, or trauma to find wisdom and solace in therapy at Thriveworks.
Talk to a Licensed Psychologist Today at Thriveworks in Joliet, IL
You can call the Thriveworks office today and get started with a licensed psychologist. Uninsured residents can access Thriveworks’ mental health services here, while residents with insurance can schedule an appointment here (where any out-of-pocket expenses will be covered).