Psychotherapy for Mental Disorders

Psychotherapy is a first-line treatment at Southern California Sunrise Recovery Center for improving mental health. The dialogue that takes place in psychotherapy can help one overcome problematic thoughts or behaviors, increasing one's well-being and healing. It is an integral component of our Orange County Mental Health Services offered in Mission Viejo.

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Psychotherapy for Mental Disorders

Psychotherapy is a first-line treatment at SoCal Sunrise Recovery Center for improving mental health. The dialogue that takes place in psychotherapy can help one overcome problematic thoughts or behaviors, increasing one's well-being and healing. It is an integral component of our Orange County Mental Health Services offered in Mission Viejo.

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What Is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy, commonly known as talk therapy, is a proven and effective type of mental health treatment. It is the use of psychological techniques based on personal interactions — such as talking — to prevent and change problematic thinking, behaviors, and emotions. 

Psychotherapy provides the much-needed long-term help to individuals struggling with the various emotional thoughts, feelings, and behaviors produced by their mental health conditions. Because it can help many people understand the roots of their mental illnesses, it has become a popular and often recommended treatment.

There are a various different approaches to psychotherapy. Some are more specific to certain conditions, leveraging different methods to tackle dissimilar disorders.

When mental health professionals properly provide psychotherapy to treat mental illnesses, patients typically experience significant decreases in their side-effect intensities. With mental health care therapy sessions strengthening one’s control over their symptoms, the patient can begin functioning better, increasing the body and mind’s overall health and well-being.

Common Types of Psychotherapy

Obsessions are impulses or thoughts that happen frequently and are often intense enough to be out of the individual’s personal control. For those people struggling with OCD, these patterns of thoughts are can be disturbing. Naturally, all possible efforts are made to avoid them.

In most cases, those who have been diagnosed with OCD realize that these thoughts are absurd. Still, they are practically inescapable, manifesting themselves in compulsive behavioral patterns and rituals.

Obsessions are typically characterized by the following categories:

Interpersonal Therapy

This form of therapy focuses more specifically on the various interactions and behaviors that are exhibited around close friends and family. Typically lasting sometime between 3 and 4 months, the primary objective during interpersonal therapy sessions is to improve or strengthen the patient’s self-esteem and communication skills.

This treatment is most commonly used to treat depression and anxiety disorders that may have developed from any of the following:

  • Social isolation
  • Significant life event
  • Relationship complications
  • Trouble dealing with grief and loss
  • Becoming a new parent

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy, or (CBT), is designed to help mental health patients to recognize and directly identify underwhelming perceptions about themselves so that the appropriate corrections can be made. It is the therapist’s job to help establish new and improved methods of thinking by emphasizing both the “wrong” and “right” assumptions that may be being made about themselves and others.

This form of psychotherapy treatment is recommended for individuals who:

  • Anyone who struggles with an anxiety disorder or moderate to severe depression
  • Those who suffer from a mental health illness that causes personal life issues or other disabilities
  • Anyone who expresses behaviors or thoughts that trigger or worsen the state of their mental health
  • People who are physically unable or flat-out refuse to take certain medications such as an antidepressant.

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy is conducted based on the assumption that emotional problems are being experienced because of traumatic or unresolved conflicts that possibly began during childhood. Psychodynamic therapy is meant to help patients understand and better manage these harsh feelings while sharing these experiences with their therapist.

This form of treatment usually takes place over a period of at least several months, with the more severe cases capable of lasting much longer.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy, or (DBT), is a type of cognitive-behavioral treatment typically only used for the more stringent and high-risk patients. This form of treatment is designed to help accurately identify and correct any unintentional behaviors that harm them and others.

Comprehensive dialectical behavioral therapy usually focuses on four primary ways meant to enhance the patient’s life skills:

Psychotherapy Formats & Settings

Compulsions are considered being the second part of obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms. Compulsive behaviors provide relief of obsessive thoughts but only temporarily.

Individuals struggling with OCD usually recognize this as a temporary solution. But without any other solution, compulsions are often the first choice when trying to cope with their conditions.

Compulsions are typically characterized by the following categories:

Individual (1:1)

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This form of therapy involves more of a personal setting where the patient and therapist can be more open and intimate about the thoughts and feelings being affected by the mental illness. One-on-one dialogue can help one feel safe about expressing their true, deep emotions and thoughts — especially after a professional therapist establishes trust between them and the patient.


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It has been seen that the role of a patient’s family can be a great mood stabilizer. It is also one of the critical resources that can consistently improve the overall mental health condition. It is always extremely beneficial for close friends and especially family members to fully understand the mental illness and potential side effects.

Couples or Marriage

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When psychotherapy sessions are conducted with the patient’s significant other or spouse present, it helps to create unity in the relationships by having a mutual understanding of every aspect of their mental health state. Attending therapy together also gives new skills and communication techniques to be learned that can help them maintain a healthy and robust relationship. This therapy method has also been seen to be beneficial in other struggling aspects of relationships.

Support Groups

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In this specialized psychotherapy treatment setting, two or more participants would engage in the therapy sessions at the same time. This is done in the hopes of the patients being able to grow comfortable with each other and share personal experiences related to their mental health conditions. Learning that it is possible for other people to feel similar feelings and have similar thoughts can set a strong foundation for a better and more healthy future coping with specific mental illness.

Get Psychotherapy in Mission Viejo

Your mental illness doesn’t define you and it doesn’t have to control your life. The staff at Southern California Sunrise Recovery’s Mental Health Center in Mission Viejo has helped people with a diverse range of disorders, and they want to help you.

Life is inherently difficult, and going through it with a mental illness can make circumstances even more challenging. Do yourself and the one’s you love a favor by properly addressing your mental health and becoming the best version of yourself.

Our caring staff of psychologists, psychiatrists, and therapists will be able to guide you or your loved one through every concern.

Get help — Call today and our admission specialists will gladly discuss our process and answer any questions you may have.

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