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As humans, we’re hardwired for communication. Talking with each other helps us to learn, gain insight, and collaborate more effectively. But that’s not all.

We also tend to vent when we have negative feelings or experiences. Whether it’s our spouse, a close friend, or a relative, it’s normal for us to rely on those closest to us during difficult times. But they can only provide so much support without sometimes becoming overwhelmed themselves, and they often can’t offer a professional and unbiased perspective.

But then the question becomes, who do you turn to for help in these situations? You need someone who’s professionally trained and experienced in helping to successfully navigate these feelings. And that’s exactly the purpose of a psychotherapist.

Why Would You Need a Psychotherapist?

Here are some of the telltale signs that seeing a psychotherapist may benefit you:

  • You spend an hour or more each day worrying about or coping with a specific issue
  • The issue makes you feel embarrassed, or causes you to avoid people
  • Your quality of life has decreased due to this issue, including your school, work, or relationships
  • You’re developing habits or making life changes to avoid the issue
  • You often feel fatigued or overwhelmed during the day due to stress
  • Worry or anxious thoughts regularly interrupt your daily activities
  • You’re feeling apathetic or hopeless about your future and life in general

A traumatic event often occurs when you experience intense feelings of fear, shame, abandonment, rejection, or sadness that overwhelm your body’s ability to process them.

Basically, psychotherapy involves open communication between you and your psychotherapist. The goal of these sessions is to give you relief from your emotional stress, find solutions to the problems in your life, and change your thinking to help you move forward.

And psychotherapists don’t require you to have a specific diagnosis. It doesn’t matter if you have a formal diagnosis for depression, PTSD, or anxiety, for example. No matter who you are, psychotherapy can improve your communication skills, your sleep, your life satisfaction, and more.

What Do Psychotherapists Do in Individual Therapy?

During individual therapy, our psychotherapists will:

  • Spend the first session getting to know you, your needs, and your goals
  • Discuss your past emotional, mental, and physical health
  • Give you the opportunity to speak your mind and think through your feelings in a safe judgment free space
  • Ask you questions and offer new perspectives on your experiences
  • Take you through certain mental exercises & interventions to promote positive feelings, and help resolve unwanted thought patterns
  • Customize your sessions and techniques based on your unique needs
  • Potentially assign “homework” for you to work through outside of therapy (optional)
  • Evaluate your progress over time and adjust what your therapy focuses on as needed

You see, finding the right mental health professional takes more than searching for “psychotherapist near me” and booking with the first option in your results. The word “psychotherapy” has a broad definition—many types of therapies fall under the umbrella.

An empathetic and experienced psychotherapist understands that helping you requires getting to know who you really are. At Holistic Mental Health Counseling, our certified professionals will customize your sessions to match your specific goals and needs.

Achieving this means taking the time to uncover what you’re struggling with, what you’ve tried before, and what you respond best to. And that’s what our psychotherapists do best.

Effectiveness of Psychotherapy

We’re focused on proven methods and systems. Multiple studies have found that psychotherapy is just as effective as antidepressants. If you’ve been looking for a way to improve your mental health without a prescription, psychotherapy may be a perfect fit. We go beyond traditional talk therapy and offer a range of somatic therapies that release trauma and anxiety trapped in the body.

We understand that you may feel like you’re “hanging by a thread.” It’s probably hard enough to get through your daily routine, let alone carve out time for therapy sessions that may or may not help.

That’s why our top priority is employing evidence-based methods and therapies. We customize these systems to suit you and address your needs. To illustrate the effectiveness of psychotherapy, we’re sharing a few important data points.

First, approximately 75% of people who work with a psychotherapist experience major benefits. These include improvements in difficult emotions and negative behaviors, needing less sick days, having fewer medical issues, and improved work satisfaction.

Even better, brain imaging shows us that real changes are happening. People who undergo psychotherapy experience positive changes in their brain.

Many people are relieved to discover they don’t necessarily need antidepressants and the like to enjoy these results.

The last thing to keep in mind is how many different types of psychotherapy, or talk therapy, we offer. Each one of our mental health professionals is certified in a variety of methodologies.

By custom-blending these modalities, we can truly address your needs and help you move forward from any issues.

Do Psychotherapists Accept Insurance?

Yes, our psychotherapists work with many insurance companies, depending on your provider and plan. We strive to accommodate whatever your needs may be financially by offering support with billing through our billing team.

We’re an out-of-network option for most insurance providers with out-of-network benefits. If this applies to you, 30 to 60% of each session’s cost is usually covered.

And if your insurance network includes our practice, you’ll only have to pay your assigned co-pay.

We’re happy to accept out-of-pocket / cash payments, too. Don’t worry if you fall into this category. We’ll work with you to privately establish a cost per session.

You should also know that for us, it isn’t about the cost or pricing. We do what we do because we stand by the caliber and effectiveness of our psychotherapy. Our focus is on helping you heal, and we invite you to share that focus. After experiencing the liberating and effectiveness of somatic therapy our mission is to bring that to as many people that are suffering as we can. Wellness is your birthright, and you deserve to enjoy life to the fullest.

Finally, we understand that “talking things through” often isn’t enough to start feeling better. That’s why we specialize in somatic therapy. This allows us to offer every possible treatment option.

Your sessions will go far beyond just talking about your feelings. If you’re open to starting your journey toward living a happy and fulfilling life, just contact us to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Should You Expect from Your Psychotherapist?

From your psychotherapist, you should expect:

  • They’ll actually listen to you. A great psychotherapist is clearly focused on your words and seeks to make sure they understand.
  • You’ll feel heard and validated. Your therapist won’t necessarily agree with everything you say. But they’ll acknowledge what you’re going through and your perception of life, without making you feel like you’re out of touch or crazy.
  • They’ll make recommendations based on what’s best for you. A good therapist won’t force you to do anything. But they’ll give you choices and options based on their training and understanding of your needs.
  • Regular check-ins. When a psychotherapist is a good fit, they’ll ask for your opinion on your progress thus far. And they won’t take it personally if you feel dissatisfied for any reason. The goal is to have open communication and support you and your progress the best way possible.
  • They’ll earn your trust. Trust is absolutely necessary for making positive progress with your psychotherapist. When you feel safe, supported, and like you can truly say anything without being judged, that trust has been built.

All in all, finding success through psychotherapy requires effort from both you and your therapist. Their goal is helping you create positive change in yourself. Achieving this requires them to not only support you, but also respectfully challenge and question you.

When your therapist is a good fit, it’s like you’re the driver while they’re in the passenger seat. They can guide you on where to go, but you also need trust and communication to get there.

Is It Better to See a Psychotherapist or Psychologist?

Whether it’s better to see a psychotherapist or psychologist depends on what you want to get out of therapy. The easiest way to answer this question is by first defining each term.

“Psychotherapist” is an umbrella term, much like “psychotherapy.” Generally, you’ll find psychotherapists who are psychiatrists, mental health counselors, social workers, and even psychologists. But in the state of New York & New Jersey, we have specific requirements for offering psychotherapy.

These requirements are based on education, performing clinical services under supervision, and passing specific exams. Basically, seeing a NY psychotherapist or NJ psychotherapist means seeing someone with extra credentials. This can be advantageous over seeing a psychologist, depending on your needs.

“Psychologist” refers to someone with a doctorate-level degree in psychology, or a field within it. These fields can include counseling, clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, and more.

Typically, psychologists who offer psychotherapy focus their studies on clinical or counseling psychology. But they can’t prescribe medication.

So, with these definitions in mind, which one is right for you? We suggest focusing less on the terms and more on each mental health provider’s specialties and advanced training.

All our psychotherapists are Mental Health Counselors (LMHC / MHC-LP), meaning we all have graduate degrees in counseling plus additional required training and certifications. This license also requires us to undergo continuing education and stay up to date on everything mental health. From time to time we also select highly intelligent interns to offer services under our licensed therapist’s supervision.

How Can You Find a New York Psychotherapist?

As you now know, finding someone near you requires more than just searching for “psychotherapist NY” or “psychotherapist NJ” and clicking on the top result. This should be your first step, but you’ll still want to do a bit of research.

The best psychotherapist for you should be empathetic, unbiased, accepting, familiar with the types of struggles you’re having, and trained in advanced interventions specific for resolving your symptoms. There is a big difference between seeing a somatic therapist and a talk therapist. As trauma and anxiety cannot be resolved with talk therapy alone. Somatic therapy has the ability to help you rewire the neural pathways in the brain to get to the root of these issues and truly provide relief. You’ll also want to make sure the therapist will work with your insurance or offers out-of-pocket options, like we do.

This modern age we live in continues to illustrate the complexity of daily human life. Every day, there are new things clamoring for our time, attention, and energy. It’s hard enough to juggle everything life throws at us.

But it gets even harder when you’re struggling with mental health issues, too. Therapy is the foundation for putting all the other aspects of your life back in balance. Taking 1 hour each week to dedicate to loving yourself in this way can transform your life from feeling heavy and difficult to freeing and peaceful.

What are examples of Psychotherapy?

The field of psychotherapy encompasses a vast number of research-supported psychological treatments, interventions, methodologies, techniques, and counseling practices. As practitioners in the field of mental health, our responsibility is to identify the most suitable form of therapeutic intervention for your unique situation. The role of the client is to engage fully in the therapeutic process, remain receptive to the intervention, and collaborate with the therapist to achieve their mental health objectives. Among the therapeutic interventions we frequently employ are:

If you are interested in learning more about the diverse therapeutic interventions we utilize at the Holistic Mental Health Counseling Services, we welcome you to reach out to us. We take great pleasure in discussing our practice and the methods through which we assist individuals. To gain further insight into various illustrations of therapeutic interventions, please contact our office to have a conversation with a counselor.

Psychotherapist Servicing the Staten Island & New York State Area

Here at Holistic Mental Health Counseling Services in Staten Island, NY, everything we do is based on one very important ideal: wellness is your birthright. You deserve to be present in your life and enjoy the rich spectrum of human emotion, not just the difficult feelings.

When you choose us for your psychotherapy, you also choose to take steps towards the happiness and satisfaction you’re entitled to.

Are you ready to learn more about taking the first step on this journey? Just click the button below to get started.