A psychotherapist is a doctor with higher education and a specialization in psychotherapy. A psychologist is not a doctor, but because he has no right to prescribe medicines, antidepressants or sedatives if necessary. A psychiatrist is also a doctor, but he works with very serious mental health problems. Unlike the psychiatrist, the psychotherapist is an expert in methods of therapy and adjustment of the mental state of the patient.
Psychotherapy is a therapeutic process that allows the patient to objectively consider the problem, to activate inner resources for healing, to get support. Doctors-psychotherapists in clinics do not always have sufficient time to conduct a few individual psychotherapy sessions. And in private clinics often offer services are reduced to the maximum earnings of the doctor.
Whatever doctor you may have addressed already in the first session, you can determine the quality of psychotherapeutic treatment on several grounds:- a professional will not take patients at home, the reception will be held at the medical center or medical office;
- the doctor should have a license to conduct psychotherapy;
specialist even with a narrow specialization (only for Gestalt or solely on NLP) must have a diploma of higher medical education, since specialization in psychotherapy implies the possession of at least 3-4 methods of psychotherapy;
- the therapist will not be at our first session to "bind" the patient financial relationship, that is, to demand to be paid the minimum rate of psychotherapy – 10 or 20 sessions (calculation must be made for each session);
- the doctor has no right to restrict psychotherapy limited number of sessions.
This therapist before starting treatment discuss with the patient the psychotherapy:- Gestalt,
- Ericksonian trance
- NLP (neuro-linguistic programming),
- transpersonal psychotherapy,
- neuromuscular relaxation,
- externally oriented psychotherapy,
- cognitive-behavioral approach
- psychosynthesis.The doctor should tell you about each of the techniques and explain how in your situation the selected treatment will be effective.
A good therapist has the right to prescribe the patient a prescription on a medicine, but it should not insist on the medication. The pills you have every right to refuse.
And finally, observe the behavior of the therapist. Interested in positive results of treatment doctor:- will never interrupt you when you speak;
- not to hurry;
- looks pointedly at the clock in your presence;
says a calm voice;
never recommends a specific action, and the more immediate adoption of life decisions (divorce, serious act, transfer, dismissal, etc.);
- comment on statements of the patient, relying only on objective facts;
- doesn't force you to discuss something you don't want him to report;
- maintains patient confidentiality;
- does not come in a friendly or intimate relationship with the patient.