What Is Supportive Therapy?
Supportive therapy is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on providing support to patients who are struggling with mental health issues. It is designed to provide a therapeutic alliance to patients in order to alleviate symptoms that are caused by a wide range of mental health issues. This type of therapy can be extremely beneficial for those who are afraid to discuss their problems openly or feel like they don’t have anyone to talk to.
What Can I Expect From This Type of Therapy?
When you begin supportive therapy, you can expect to be paired with a therapist who will work with you one-on-one. This therapist will provide support to you as you discuss your mental health issues and work through them.
You can also expect regular check-ins from your therapist to make sure that you are on track and doing well. If at any point you feel like supportive therapy is not the right fit for you, please let us know so that we can find a different type of therapy that will be more beneficial for you.
How Does Supportive Therapy Work?
The goal of supportive therapy is to provide a therapeutic alliance that will help to alleviate symptoms caused by mental health issues. This type of therapy works by providing a supportive environment for patients in which they can openly discuss their problems and feelings. The therapist will work with the patient to develop goals and strategies that will help them to overcome their mental health issues.
Benefits of Supportive Therapy
There are many benefits to supportive therapy, including:
- Improved mental health
- Relief from symptoms caused by mental health issues
- Development of new skills that can be used to manage mental health issues
- Increased self-esteem and self-worth
- Reduced anxiety and prevention of further anxiety development
Supportive Therapy Techniques
There are a variety of supportive therapy techniques that can be used to help patients overcome their mental health issues. Some of these techniques include:
This technique helps to create a supportive relationship between the therapist and patient. It can help to build trust and make it easier for patients to discuss their problems openly. This typically occurs in a conversational style, where clients feel like the session is more collaborative than other types of therapy sessions.
This technique helps patients to learn new skills that can be used to manage their mental health issues. It can help to give patients a sense of control over their lives and provide them with the tools they need to cope with difficult situations.
This technique helps to build self-esteem and self-worth in patients. It can help them to feel good about themselves and their abilities, which can be helpful in managing mental health issues and help them live happier, more fulfilling lives overall.
Anxiety Reduction and Prevention
This technique can help to reduce anxiety in patients and prevent it from developing into more serious issues. It can involve relaxation techniques, stress management skills, and other methods that can help to calm the mind and body.
This technique helps patients to become more aware of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It can help them to understand why they act the way they do and how their thoughts and emotions affect their life.
At Blair Wellness Group, we work to understand your specific symptoms, mental health history, and current problems before determining which technique(s) best suit you. We will provide you with personalized care designed to help you achieve the best outcome possible.
How Long Does Supportive Therapy Last?
The duration of supportive therapy depends on the individual and their specific needs. It can last anywhere from a few months to several years, depending on what is needed. It is not time limited, and is often used in conjunction with other methods of therapy for best results. However, it is important to understand that because supportive therapy is primarily focused on alliance building, it is considered a long-term therapy that can take a long time to produce results.
What to Look for in a Supportive Therapist
Below are some key things to look for when you need a therapist for supportive therapy.
- The therapist should be licensed and have experience in supportive therapy.
- They should be able to build a strong therapeutic alliance with patients and be supportive and understanding.
- The therapist should also have skills in skill building, esteem building, anxiety reduction/prevention, and awareness expansion.
- They should be empathetic and willing to listen to you discuss your issues, concerns, and thoughts.
- Your therapist should have knowledge about other types of therapy as well.
If you’re interested in supportive therapy, Blair Wellness Group is here to help! We offer supportive therapy to patients in Beverly Hills and the surrounding area. We will take the time to understand your specific situation and provide you with the treatment we believe will best suit you. Contact our licensed clinical psychologists today to learn more about how supportive therapy may be able to help you overcome your mental health issues!