OVERVIEW OF PSYCHOTHERAPY

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How is the provider able to provide objective feedback? How is it possible for a stranger to be objective? Some therapists have their own psychoanalysis, that helps them see where their buttons are so you don’t have to worry about pushing them. This allows the provider to be better equipped and qualified to see the world from your eyes and in your shoes. Dr. Datta will share the thought processes of psychologists and psychiatrists with you. Dr. Datta will listen to you and to your perspective. He will see why you think this way and reflect that back to you. It does not mean that Dr. Datta will agree with everything you say. He will call you out when he notices a maladaptive behavior. Some people want to vent and don’t want the therapist to call them out on their paranoia or grandiosity. Dr. Datta strives to provide the best objective feedback he can. It comes down to what you want from your therapy. How you receive the feedback and how you apply it in  your life.

There are many levels of providers. PhD, PsyD, MD and DO are usually the highest level of doctorate practicing psychotherapy.

Dr. Datta practices the following types of therapy:

  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Family & couples therapy
  • Life coaching and counseling
  • Customized Meditations

These techniques are applied to treat mood and bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, and loss among other conditions. Dr. Datta also uses Holistic care, featuring customized guided meditations with a talk therapy component.

How do psychological issues affect daily life and relationships? Dr. Datta believes that psychological issues have an emotional origin, and that specific types of talk therapy can help one overcome negative emotions and experiences that may be affecting their lives. Dr. Datta often uses guided meditations with talk therapy to help engage the unconscious mind in letting go of “emotional baggage” and to alleviate anxiety. The types of talk therapy are explained below.

Talk therapy is the foundation of our full 45-50 minute session. This may include medication management if needed. When patients already have a therapist, Dr. Datta usually provides 30 minutes of medication management, unless the complexity of the medication management requires more time.

TYPES OF PYSCHOTHERAPY

Motivational Interviewing Therapy : A type of talk therapy used in substance abuse and addiction treatment. It can be applied to both drug as well as behavioral addiction. Motivational interviewing can help change negative, maladaptive and self-sabotaging behavior patterns while keeping you focused on accomplishing your goals.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy : A type of therapy focused on making you aware of your unconscious thoughts. Freud considered this as the “unconscious” mind. Carl Jung referred to this as the “shadow” mind. Our conscious mind is like the tip of the iceberg above the water. The unconscious mind is like the iceberg under the water. Many of our feelings and decisions we make in  daily life come from the unconscious mind. The unconscious mind retains feelings and interpretations from what has happened in our past. We talk about those feelings and we untie the knots within the unconscious mind. Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a more concise version of psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis was created and popularized by Freud. Psychoanalysis was sometimes conducted 3 times a week, lying down on a couch with the analyst sitting behind the patient. Psychodynamic therapy is like Psychoanalysis-lite. Psychodynamic therapy is done not as often and is conversational. Where the patient and doctor are sitting across from one another having a conversation. Like Psychoanalysis, Psychodynamic therapy also explores the unconscious mind. Once you become aware of your unconscious drives or unconscious maladaptive behaviors, you can change them. It takes a long time to understand the unconscious elements of your mind. Dr. Datta tries to present this to you in an efficient yet tactful way.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): A type of therapy that helps identify core beliefs so that once they become conscious, a step-by-step goal-oriented approach to overcoming obstacles and accomplishing goals can be taken. CBT can be used in tandem with Psychodynamic therapy. The unconscious drives and maladaptive behaviors are brought to the conscious mind with psychodynamic therapy. But the job is not done there. With this unconscious information, the goal-oriented CBT therapy is used to help you put the practical habits in place to overcome that maladaptive bad habit. This is why Dr. Datta doesn’t just practice psychodynamic psychotherapy/ analysis of the unconscious mind. That deep dive and untangling is necessary to set up a goal oriented plan to accomplish a goal (CBT). This is why Dr. Datta believes that a provider needs to be fluent in multiple types of psychotherapy.

Family Therapy: This is helpful when conflicts within family systems need to be addressed. Dr. Datta uses techniques from the Ackerman and Gottman Institutes of Family and Couples Therapy. Individual patients can talk about their families and their relationships. We are part and parcel of our family and ancestors whether we like it or not. We inevitably inherit some qualities from them. However, the apple doesn’t have to fall next to the tree; we can choose to make different choices. The journey of overcoming certain maladaptive behaviors is to understand one’s family first. We need to understand or origin and where we come from first. We don’t need to get sucked into the negative personality traits of our family. Even though it might feel like an unavoidable vacuum sometimes. We must understand where we came from in order to become who we are meant to be or who we choose to become. We can also learn to make peace with/appreciate our families and where we come from. This is integral to self-respect and self-love. Understanding your partner’s family helps in couples therapy as well. This is important in Understanding your values is a comparison/contrast between the values you learned from your family and the values you picked up along the way.

Before starting, the family must acknowledge that Dr. Datta is an objective third party and will not be biased toward anyone’s side. Dr. Datta will give objective feedback based on the conflicts and stories the family presents.

Couples Therapy is a subcategory of Family Therapy. Not on the same page? We discuss communication techniques to get you and your partner listening and understanding one another on the same wavelength. Every individual has different expectations and styles of communication. The speaker-listener technique is a great way to communicate to your partner or loved one. It’s not about what your partner says, but what they mean. Give your partner a chance, it takes time to change one’s ways. It takes time to adapt one’s communication style.

LIFE COACHING AND COUNSELLING

Many people prefer seeing a Life Coach or a Counselor over a therapist. Many people are afraid to see a “Shrink.” People think, “No, that’s for crazy people.” What makes a Psychiatrist special in providing Life Coaching or Counseling is that they are trained to see through your eyes and put themselves in your shoes. That means giving objective feedback. There is a very specific training process that Psychiatrists and Therapists go through to be able to do this. Psychiatrists and Psychotherapists often undergo their own psychoanalysis in order to provide objective feedback to patients (this is besides their MD or PhD training). You can gain the deepest perspective about what’s holding you back by seeing a psychiatrist or psychotherapist. However, the style and compatibility between patient and psychotherapist is variable. Find someone who you believe can help you.

Seeing a psychiatrist or psychotherapist doesn’t mean you are mentally ill or crazy. A psychiatrist or therapist can help you understand what is happening in your blind spot or “shadow mind,” as in Jungian psychology. They can help you see something about yourself that you do not see yet. People may think, “no one knows me better than I know myself.” For the most part, people are right. How pompous would it be for a stranger to say that they do! However, people don’t understand themselves 100%. There are blind spots. We all have them. The therapist has it too. However, the more skilled the psychoanalysis a therapist receives, the more they locate and remedy their blind spots and thus can help others. The blind spot is a nice way of talking about your unconscious mind or what you are not aware of. This is a special part of the psychiatrist’s training and many psychiatrists continue to study this outside of their training.

Psychiatrists and Psychotherapists study how the mind can twist certain experiences and create a reality that is maladaptive. They teach you to learn how you may be sabotaging yourself. It’s possible to learn how you may be ruining your chances at being successful. Past losses, trauma, relationships, and experiences all contribute to how you are functioning in adaptive or maladaptive ways in the present day. This can limit your thinking. Ongoing objective feedback is needed. This is not done in one visit. Even though Dr. Datta may share an unconscious interpretation or a goal-oriented CBT plan, one may have difficulty implementing into their lives from day one. Ongoing sessions are usually what yields results.

Objective feedback and unconscious vision of the psychiatrist or therapist is essential to life coaching. One needs to put themselves in your shoes in order to help you see what is stopping you from achieving your goal or stopping you from letting go of something. Motivating people, activating people to take action is very important. Finding the right mentors who can teach you about the pitfalls and strategies in your specific field or sport is very important. Dr. Datta is a supporter of finding the right mentor in your field. Sometimes the main thing holding you back is an unconscious matter. That’s why a life coach needs this unconscious vision in addition to motivating you to push forward. However not everyone has this unconscious vision. It takes many years of dedicated practice in mental health to acquire it. Mental health providers are of varying skill levels. You might have chemistry with one provider and not another. Having this vision means being able to see what’s causing you to be inert and inactive. What’s holding you back, what’s slowing you down. This is often an unconscious maladaptive behavior or belief. One is often ‘addicted’ or ‘hooked on’ this unconscious maladaptive behavior or belief. One keeps doing things over and over again the same way expecting different results – making them angry, frustrated and low in confidence. Finding the right psychiatrist, therapist or life coach is not easy. It’s definitely not a one size fits all scenario. This is why Dr. Datta practices psychiatry and therapy. He offers this service to everyone who is accepted by his practice. However, you are in charge of what you do with it.

OVERVIEW OF RELATIONSHIP THERAPY

Family Therapy

This is helpful when conflicts within family systems need to be addressed. Dr. Datta uses techniques from the Ackerman and Gottman Institutes of Family and Couples Therapy. Individual patients can talk about their families and their relationships. We are part and parcel of our family and ancestors whether we like it or not. We inevitably inherit some qualities from them. However, the apple doesn’t have to fall next to the tree; we can choose to make different choices. The journey of overcoming certain maladaptive behaviors is to understand one’s family first. We need to understand or origin and where we come from first. We don’t need to get sucked into the negative personality traits of our family. Even though it might feel like an unavoidable vacuum sometimes. We must understand where we came from in order to become who we are meant to be or who we choose to become. We can also learn to make peace with/appreciate our families and where we come from. This is integral to self-respect and self-love. Understanding your partner’s family helps in couples therapy as well. This is important in Understanding your values is a comparison/contrast between the values you learned from your family and the values you picked up along the way.

Before starting, the family must acknowledge that Dr. Datta is an objective third party and will not be biased toward anyone’s side. Dr. Datta will give objective feedback based on the conflicts and stories the family presents.

Couples Therapy is a subcategory of Family Therapy. Not on the same page? We discuss communication techniques to get you and your partner listening and understanding one another on the same wavelength. Every individual has different expectations and styles of communication. The speaker-listener technique is a great way to communicate to your partner or loved one. It’s not about what your partner says, but what they mean. Give your partner a chance, it takes time to change one’s ways. It takes time to adapt one’s communication style.

LIFE COACHING AND COUNSELLING

Many people prefer seeing a Life Coach or a Counselor over a therapist. Many people are afraid to see a “Shrink.” People think, “No, that’s for crazy people.” What makes a Psychiatrist special in providing Life Coaching or Counseling is that they are trained to see through your eyes and put themselves in your shoes. That means giving objective feedback. There is a very specific training process that Psychiatrists and Therapists go through to be able to do this. Psychiatrists and Psychotherapists often undergo their own psychoanalysis in order to provide objective feedback to patients (this is besides their MD or PhD training). You can gain the deepest perspective about what’s holding you back by seeing a psychiatrist or psychotherapist. However, the style and compatibility between patient and psychotherapist is variable. Find someone who you believe can help you.

Seeing a psychiatrist or psychotherapist doesn’t mean you are mentally ill or crazy. A psychiatrist or therapist can help you understand what is happening in your blind spot or “shadow mind,” as in Jungian psychology. They can help you see something about yourself that you do not see yet. People may think, “no one knows me better than I know myself.” For the most part, people are right. How pompous would it be for a stranger to say that they do! However, people don’t understand themselves 100%. There are blind spots. We all have them. The therapist has it too. However, the more skilled the psychoanalysis a therapist receives, the more they locate and remedy their blind spots and thus can help others. The blind spot is a nice way of talking about your unconscious mind or what you are not aware of. This is a special part of the psychiatrist’s training and many psychiatrists continue to study this outside of their training.

Psychiatrists and Psychotherapists study how the mind can twist certain experiences and create a reality that is maladaptive. They teach you to learn how you may be sabotaging yourself. It’s possible to learn how you may be ruining your chances at being successful. Past losses, trauma, relationships, and experiences all contribute to how you are functioning in adaptive or maladaptive ways in the present day. This can limit your thinking. Ongoing objective feedback is needed. This is not done in one visit. Even though Dr. Datta may share an unconscious interpretation or a goal-oriented CBT plan, one may have difficulty implementing into their lives from day one. Ongoing sessions are usually what yields results.

Objective feedback and unconscious vision of the psychiatrist or therapist is essential to life coaching. One needs to put themselves in your shoes in order to help you see what is stopping you from achieving your goal or stopping you from letting go of something. Motivating people, activating people to take action is very important. Finding the right mentors who can teach you about the pitfalls and strategies in your specific field or sport is very important. Dr. Datta is a supporter of finding the right mentor in your field. Sometimes the main thing holding you back is an unconscious matter. That’s why a life coach needs this unconscious vision in addition to motivating you to push forward. However not every one has this unconscious vision. It takes many years of dedicated practice in mental health to acquire it. Mental health providers are of varying skill levels. You might have chemistry with one provider and not another. Having this vision means being able to see what’s causing you to be inert and inactive. What’s holding you back, what’s slowing you down. This is often an unconscious maladaptive behavior or belief. One is often ‘addicted’ or ‘hooked on’ this unconscious maladaptive behavior or belief. One keeps doing things over and over again the same way expecting different results – making them angry, frustrated and low in confidence. Finding the right psychiatrist, therapist or life coach is not easy. It’s definitely not a one size fits all scenario. This is why Dr. Datta practices psychiatry and therapy. He offers this service to everyone who is accepted by his practice. However, you are in charge of what you do with it.