Psychotherapy is a general term for treating mental health problems. It is usually more in depth than counselling and focuses on exploring the painful feelings and experiences you have experienced in the past but which are affecting you in the present. By working with a skilled therapist you can work through and alleviate symptoms such as phobias, anxiety, depression that are adversely affect your life.
Psychotherapy will help you to take control of your life so you can respond to challenging situations with healthy coping skills. And not everyone who benefits from psychotherapy is diagnosed with a mental illness. Psychotherapy can help with a number of life’s stresses and conflicts that can affect anyone.
What issues can it help with?
Psychotherapy can be helpful in treating most mental health problems, including:
Anxiety Disorders — this includes phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder
Mood Disorders — such as bipolar disorder and depression
Addictions — such as alcoholism, substance abuse, and even compulsive gambling
Eating Disorders — such as bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa & binge eating
Personality Disorders — they are many and varied and can range from odd behaviour to extreme fear
It may also help with:
Physical health problems
Major life changes
General anxiety or stress
How long does it take?
It may take only weeks to help you cope with a short-term situation. Or, treatment may last a year or longer if you have a long-term mental illness or other long-term concerns.
Psychotherapy may not cure your condition or make an unpleasant situation go away. But it can give you the power to cope in a healthy way and to feel better about yourself and your life.
What should I expect?
At the first psychotherapy session, the therapist will gather information about you and your needs.
You will be asked to fill out forms about your current and past physical, emotional and mental health issues.
The first session is also the opportunity to discover if you and the therapist are the right fit. Don’t hesitate to ask questions anytime during your appointment. The therapist is there to help you and the more comfortable you feel with your therapist, the better the treatment will be.
During psychotherapy, you learn to understand about your moods, feelings, thoughts and behaviours. Each session lasts between 50-60 minutes and a long-term treatment plan is usually set up at the first session.
1 session — HK $1,800
4 sessions — HK $6,000 ($1,500/session)