Many cultures throughout history have developed an understanding that someone’s psychological state can be treated instead of punished, which was often the alternative. The grasp that mental health is health — and thus treatable — has inspired many people through the ages to address mental health as a serious arm of medicine. Psychotherapy as a discipline was fairly well established in the West by the early 20th century. Addiction treatment also had a checkered history until a substance use disorder (SUD) was understood to be a chronic disease that could also be treated with psychotherapy. To meet the need, Mile High Recovery offers psychotherapy in Denver, Colorado.
Psychotherapy for addiction and most mental health disorders is available at Mile High Recovery. Our staff is also experienced in dual diagnosis treatment when someone has co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. To learn more about the benefits of psychotherapy and how it can help you, reach out to Mile High today by completing our online form or giving us a call at 303-268-2144.
What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is also called counseling or talk therapy. It is a proven method for treating mental health disorders, helping people overcome life challenges and emotional difficulties, and addressing addiction to help people regain their sobriety.
The goal of psychotherapy is to rid people of their symptoms or provide them with effective strategies for controlling them in order to live a healthy life and experience improved well-being. Though clients share private and personal things, the client-clinician sessions are completely confidential and that confidentiality is protected by law.
Some of the reasons people seek psychotherapy are:
- Help to cope with daily challenges
- Dealing with trauma and its effects
- Treatment for depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, or other mental health challenges
- Management of grief, loss, or illness
- Guidance around healthy decision-making (this includes choices about addiction and recovery)
Psychotherapy involves the formation of a trusting relationship and can be provided short- or long-term to:
5 Benefits of Psychotherapy
Three-quarters of people who engage in psychotherapy report positively on the experience. Psychotherapy benefits clients who engage and stick with the process. However, even for those who are skeptical or take a while to commit fully, getting started with psychotherapy is a vital first step that can lead to untold positive outcomes, including improved motivation, confidence, and general well-being.
Some benefits include:
- Identifying triggers – this means learning what circumstances or interactions might set off negative feelings and how to control your response to them without turning to substances
- Stopping negative behaviors – this can include substance abuse, self-harm, eating disorders, or suicidal thoughts
- Developing coping skills – such as how to react when faced with triggers or stressful situations; for those with a SUD this includes coping without turning to substances
- Becoming more self-reliant – problem-solving, self-awareness, empathy, and resilience skills all improve your confidence and independence from substances
- Improving relationship skills – mental health and substance use disorders can wreak havoc on your relationships and therapy helps
Psychotherapy benefits are wide-ranging and comprehensive. Find out more about psychotherapy for addiction and mental health challenges.
Psychotherapy at Mile High Recovery
At Mile High Recovery, we offer a range of psychotherapeutic modalities, all evidence-based and with proven track records with addiction treatment. For example, we provide:
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
- Motivational enhancement therapy (MET)
- Relapse prevention
- Dual diagnosis treatment
Learn more about how psychotherapy can help you or someone you love. Whether you are struggling with an addiction, a mental health challenge, or both, Mile High can help. We are available by phone — 303-268-2144 — or via online form.