The Role of Psychological Therapies in Mental Health

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The Role of Psychological Therapies in Mental Health

Psychological therapies are considered a collaborative space for exploration of challenges and difficulties resulting to confidential resolutions. Through past experiences current situations, feelings and moods can be understood for correction and solving metal matters. The non-judgmental and supportive environment created allows for openness when talking about past experiences. Psychotherapy helps in eliminating and controlling mental illnesses and symptoms such as depression, impact of trauma, and other specific mental disorders. However, this therapy is limited and requires combination with other therapies to achieve better results. Combination of psychotherapy and medication is usually preferred. Definitely, this improves lifestyle, general recovery and overall wellness.

Psychotherapy can be an effective treatment from various research and studies carried out by a number of organizations as well as experiments. Maintenance of the psychological health is better than treating ill health. Evidence-Based Therapy has encompassed more fields which are considered peer reviewed scientific evidence. Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies have defined the adherence to techniques and approaches that are scientifically based. Psychiatric Association considers the process preferred and best practice for psychological symptom treatment. Other definitions of the same have included decision making and patient care (Open University SDK228/Module guide). Strong evidence has confirmed that psychological therapy conducted by qualified psychologist can improve well being and performance of patients. Moreover, psychotherapy has been discovered to solve various metal disorders, problems such as anxiety and physical health.

Certainly, the therapies also increase the survival time of cancer patients, heart attack as well as improvement in the body’s immune system. The emotional and physical health is in close link and psychological therapies can overall wellness. The effectiveness of psychotherapy relies on better system with qualified therapists. Psychotherapy is cost effective and more enduring compared to medication. Research has also found that there are fewer relapses depression and anxiety. Based on health records and various cases of addiction, anxiety, depression, and other health disorders, it is evident that psychological therapies are effectively. However, they require combination with other therapies to increase their effectiveness.

From research, antidepressant medications are the most powerful treatment for depression and this has been proved by many medical facilities. But, evidently, psychotherapy is the strongest tool to curb depression. Psychotherapy is effective in situations where the customer’s satisfactions as well as long-term follow up are incorporated in the process. Definitely, this is a clear indication that psychological therapy is effective than other methods of solving mental disorders.

Psychological therapies do not work for everyone for various reasons and factors involved during the process. The following are some of the reasons why the process may fail for other people. Firstly, when the therapists lacks training on specific therapeutic in the required area. Therapist needs to adjust their approaches in reference to the client’s presenting his or her problem. The understanding of personality is important for better delivery of services and maintenance of good relation. Secondly, in a situation where the client only wants to complain may lead to failure of the process. Some clients may concentrate so much in spitting out their problems but are not ready to change. Changing from different situations affecting the client’s life depends heavily on self awareness and flexibility to change. Patients who are not ready for change may not undergo successful therapy.

Thirdly, patience is vital for the whole process and some clients may not be consistent with the progression. Sometimes, the procedure can be long, emotional, hard, and expensive making the client’s to lose morale before completing the whole process. Their expectations may not be met and this usually changes the attitude. As a result, psychological therapy may not work for people in the highlighted bracket. Fourthly, realism and honesty are vital for the process. Some people may feel ashamed to speak about their problems thus not emitting more vital information required by the therapist.  Lastly, interpersonal fit is a factor that must be considered before carrying out psychotherapy (Open University SDK228/Module guide). In a situation where the client and the psychologists do not match, the whole process may result into failure. In some circumstances clients may want higher treatment level than what the psychologists can provide. Definitely, this will lead to failure of psychotherapy for clients finding themselves in this situation.

Psychological therapies are limited and therefore best used in combination with other treatments and therapies. The treatment of disorders must basically rest upon reports, of duration and intensity of patient’s signs and symptoms from psychological analysis. A study of the behaviour as well as mental state examination should also be incorporated for better treatment process. Some debates focused in determining the best thing for mental state have several views whether medication or psychological therapy or a combination is the best have more points in supporting that the combination of the two is more fruitful (Open University SDK228/Module guide). Surely, combination of psychotherapy and medication is better than medication alone or psychotherapy alone.

In many cases, patients do not respond to medication such as psychotropic medication alone. Combining psychotherapy with medication results into an improvement in the outcomes while sees a reduction in cost. Addition of psychotherapy treatment to patients with psychological and physical illness reduces the costs and improves the overall cost. Additionally, for patients receiving multiple treatments for a similar problem, addition of psychotherapy reduces the prescription numbers. Significantly, the costs are reduced as well as improvements in results are achieved with the combination of psychotherapy and treatment. Lastly, patients with addition such as alcoholism or dependence, combined treatment is effective than medication alone.

Precisely, Psychological therapies are important in solving mental disorders to improvement of health. Solving these challenges not only improve personal life but also the economy of the country. Combination of psychological therapy and other therapies is recommended for quality services and cost effectiveness. According to biomedical models every mental event has a corresponding brain event. As a result, is easy to trace changes that may interfere with brain activities. Psychotherapy requires honesty and openness for better decision making and taking the right procedure for medication.



Works cited

Open University SDK228/Module guide. The Science of the Mind: Investigating Mental Health: Guide. Open University, 2010. Retrieved from:

Open University SDK228/Module guide. The Science of the Mind: Investigating Mental Health: Guide. Open University, 2010. Retrieved from:

Open University SDK228/Module guide. The Science of the Mind: Investigating Mental Health: Guide. Open University, 2010. Retried from: