Psychotherapy is a helpful tool for treating clients with various mental health concerns. Spencer E. Simon, PAC, CH Psychiatric Physician Associate, Healthcare Chaplain, and Pastoral Counselor (in training), is supervised by Dr. David M. Franzen, Pastoral Counselor/Therapist, MDiv, ThM, DMin. The therapy employed by Mr. Simon is pastoral, psychodynamic, and psychoanalytic in orientation, along with an eclectic utilization of motivational interviewing.

Psychotherapy Q & A

What is psychodynamic or psychoanalytic psychotherapy?

Psychoanalytic or psychodynamic psychotherapy draws on the theories and practices of analytical psychology and psychoanalysis. It is a therapeutic process that helps patients understand and resolve their problems by increasing awareness of their inner world and its influence on past and present relationships. It differs from most other therapies by aiming for a deep-seated personality and emotional development change.

Psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy help clients with psychological disorders. The therapy helps clients understand and change complex, deep-seated, and often unconsciously-based emotions and relationship problems. The treatment is targeted to reduce symptoms and alleviate distress.

Who are pastoral counselors?

Pastoral counselors are clergy and others who have received graduate training in religion and behavioral science for a clinical practice that integrates psychological and theological disciplines. A typical program includes a three-year professional degree from a seminary and a master's or doctoral degree in pastoral counseling, with supervised clinical experience and one's personal psychotherapy. Many pastoral counselors are certified by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), which accredits pastoral counseling centers and approves training programs. Pastoral counselors also practice in other institutions and private offices, and they do consultations for community clergy.

What are other types of psychotherapy?

The Beautiful Mind Behavioral Health Services team either offers or will be a referral source for additional individualized therapy services. Upon request. Depending on your needs, We have collaborative relationships with other providers of psychotherapy services; please call our office for further details.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)

CBT is a common approach to talk therapy that helps you become aware of inaccurate, unhealthy, or negative thinking patterns. Then, your provider teaches you how to replace destructive thoughts and behaviors with healthy, positive ones.

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)

This type of CBT focuses specifically on managing painful emotions and reducing conflict in relationships. Originally developed to treat borderline personality disorder, DBT helps other conditions, including depression, bipolar disorder, and substance abuse.

Mindfulness-based therapy

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) incorporates mindfulness practices, such as meditation and breathing exercises. These exercises help you break away from unhealthy thought patterns before they spiral into a state of depression, anxiety, or substance abuse.

Trauma-focused therapy

Trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) is a modified form of CBT designed explicitly for child, adolescent, and adult survivors and families struggling to overcome the effects of trauma. This approach may help anyone who experiences anxiety, depression, or substance abuse after a traumatic situation like sexual, physical, or emotional abuse.

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing is a therapeutic process that embodies a spirit between therapist and client of partnership, acceptance, compassion, and invocation. At the same time, exercise the motivational interviewing core principles of asking open-ended questions, affirmation of the client, reflective listening, and summarization of the client's concerns. With the hope of eliciting and acknowledging a client's "change talk," Motivational interviewing is having a conversation about change, neither by force nor coercion, but as a means to help the client identify critical reasons for fortifying their inner will to "change" and how they can find out about exercising this change.

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