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1. The Etiquette of Psychotherapy. 2. Psychotherapy: Facts on Types of Treatment. 3. Psychotherapy Techniques and Options. 4. What Is A Doctor Of Holistic Medicine. 5. Principles of Holistic Medicine. 6. What Is The Difference Between Homoeopathic And Holistic Medicine. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Psychotherapy & Holistic Medicine

Psychotherapy Holistic Medicine
  1. The Etiquette of Psychotherapy
  2. Psychotherapy Facts on Types of Treatment
  3. Psychotherapy Techniques and Options
  4. What Is A Doctor Of Holistic Medicine
  5. Principles of Holistic Medicine
  6. What Is The Difference Between Homoeopathic And
    Holistic Medicine

The Etiquette of Psychotherapy
  • Dont be Late!
  • Everyone is late sometimes in unavoidable
    situations, but if you are habitually late then
    you have a time management problem. Expect your
    therapist to address this issue with you.
  • Considerate others in the waiting room.
  • Do not chat or use your mobile phone in
    reception. This can be disturbing to other
    patients. Often patients waiting for an
    appointment will be under significant stress, and
    asking them questions can further add to this.
  • Read the "Information to Clients
  • A significant amount of work is invested in
    creating these helpful documents and they provide
    important information that the therapist does not
    want to have to repeat. Take some time to read
    through it so as to avoid unnecessary questions.

The Etiquette of Psychotherapy
  • Complete paperwork in a precise manner.
  • Paperwork is not supplied just to take up your
    time and should be completed in detail. The
    information requested is vital to providing
    correct treatment and any mistakes or omissions
    can cause problems or delays.
  • Know why you are here.
  • Take some time to really consider what the
    reasons are behind your desire for treatment. A
    patient with misunderstood or vague intentions
    will risk losing out on the best possible
    treatment for themselves.
  • If unsure, speak your mind.
  • There are no stupid questions or statements.
    Dont be afraid to be honest and share exactly
    how you are feeling. What may seem trivial to
    you could be a key factor in a therapists

The Etiquette of Psychotherapy
  • Ask for clarification if you dont understand
  • Again, there are no stupid questions. There are
    many aspects of treatment, billing or
    confidentiality that can be confusing. If you
    are unsure, just ask.
  • Do your homework
  • It is important to take your therapists advice to
    heart. If they ask you to read a book or
    practice a technique, it is vitally important
    that you do so. Just like taking prescribed
    medication, if you skip it, it wont work.
  • Sessions can be uncomfortable.
  • For therapy to work, you may be asked at times to
    discuss things which you dont feel entirely
    comfortable with. However, it is in these times
    when the best progress can be made. Mentally
    prepare yourself before a session to face these
    challenges, and understand that a therapist's
    office a safe space where you can be open with

The Etiquette of Psychotherapy
  • Only call your therapist in an emergency.
  • Its important to respect a therapists privacy
    and not bother them out of hours. Understand
    that your therapist may be busy with other
    patients and calling them could interrupt
    somebody else's treatment. Think before you call
    outside of a session, and do so only if you
    believe you may harm yourself.
  • Make sure to cancel appointments if sick
  • So long as you cancel with 24 hours notice you
    wont cause significant trouble to a therapists
    schedule. However, within 24 hours you should
    only cancel unless genuinely sick with something
    that may infect others. In these cases, a
    therapist with usually waive any late
    cancellation fees. However, try not to make this
    a habit.

Psychotherapy Facts on Types of Treatment
  • Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
  • IPT is used to treat a variety of clinical
    conditions but is, in essence, a brief treatment
    specifically developed and tested for depression.
    The emotional state of an individual is examined
    from the point of view of how its been affected
    by interpersonal events. Any problematic
    relationships the patient may be experiencing are
    addressed by reframing difficulties in
    interpersonal terms.
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy is generally used for
    the treatment of children, but in some cases
    adolescents too. It aims to improve mood,
    anxiety and behaviour through examining patterns
    of thinking. CBT specifically looks for
    distorted or confused elements in a patient's
    thought patterns.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Mature adolescents who have chronic suicidal
    thoughts or engage in behaviours such as
    self-harm can often be prescribed Dialectical
    Behaviour Therapy. It has also been found
    effective in the treatment of Borderline
    Personality Disorder.
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is a form of therapy
    that puts emphasis on understanding issues that
    may influence or motivate behaviour and thoughts
    in a child. It is used as a method of
    identification for typical behaviour patterns,
    defences and responses relating to internal
    struggles or conflicts.

Psychotherapy Facts on Types of Treatment
  • Family Therapy
  • Family therapy sessions encompass a variety of
    family-related situations and can include a child
    or adolescent along with parents, siblings, and
    even grandparents. As the name suggests, family
    therapy focuses on helping families operate in
    more constructive and positive ways. It achieves
    this by exploring communication patterns and
    providing support and education.
  • Couples Therapy
  • Couples therapy is a branch of family therapy
    focused specifically on the communication and
    interactions of two or more adults in a
    relationship. It can involve couples who have
    children or not but does not involve the child or
    children in the therapy. Typically, couples
    therapy deals with marital problems.
  • Play Therapy
  • This form of therapy is almost exclusively used
    in the treatment of young children, however, it
    is also applied in cases of adults with growth
    and developmental difficulties. The treatment
    endeavours to assist a childs ability to
    verbalize and identify feelings using elements
    such as toys, puppets, dolls, building blocks,
    games and drawings. Through observation, the
    psychotherapist identifies themes or patterns to
    understand the child's problems.

Psychotherapy Techniques and Options
  • Psychoanalytic Therapy
  • Psychoanalysis was made popular by Sigmund Freud
    towards the end of the 19th century when he began
    treating patients with talk therapy. Common
    techniques he developed and used included dream
    interpretation, free association and transference
    analysis. The techniques involve probing a
    patient's unconscious thoughts and past
    experiences to elicit feelings and memories that
    could be affecting behaviour.
  • Behavioural Therapy
  • In the early 20th century behavioural therapy
    began to become a popular school of thought.
    Various types of conditioning, social learning
    and similar methods started to play an important
    role in psychotherapy. Behaviourism has since
    become less popular but many of its techniques
    are still used today to help patients alter
    undesired behaviour.

Psychotherapy Techniques and Options
  • Humanistic Therapy
  • Humanistic therapy gathered popularity in the mid
    20th century as an alternative form of
    psychotherapy which focused on showing an
    unconditional positive attitude towards the
    patient. Carl Rogers was known to practice a
    method of this he called client-centred therapy.
    Aspects of this method are still widely used
    today and focus on helping patients maximize
    their potential. Personality attributes such as
    free will, self-exploration and actualization are
    developed with this approach.
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • During the 1960s, psychoanalysts began to focus
    more on how behaviour and functioning are
    influenced by human thought processes. The idea
    of cognitive therapy revolves around the concept
    that our mental well-being is heavily influenced
    by our thoughts. It presents the notion that if
    one has a pessimistic or negative outlook on
    life, then they too will have a negative overall
    experience of life. Cognitive therapy aims to
    identify the delusions that cause these thoughts
    and instill more positive and realistic thoughts
    in their place.
  • Cognitive-behavioural Therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioural therapy, or CBT, attempts
    to assist patients in understanding thoughts or
    feelings that affect their behaviour. Disorders
    such as phobias, addiction, anxiety and
    depression all benefit from cognitive-behavioural
    therapy. The method involves modifying undesired
    behaviours and ending cycles of abuse by changing
    the negative thoughts caused by distress related
    to these behaviours.

What Is A Doctor Of Holistic Medicine
  • A doctor of holistic medicine will look for the
    cause of a condition and aim to cure the problem
    at the root. The doctor will work with the
    patient and together, as a team, they will
    attempt to reach a solution. Various elements of
    a patient's life that a holistic doctor may look
    into include stress, diet, sleep habits,
    spirituality and emotional stability.
  • When researching a condition such as back pain, a
    holistic doctor may try one or more of these
  • massage for muscular tension
  • a relaxation program to alleviate stress.
  • if the patient spends long hours working at a
    desk, he may suggest a different chair
  • referral to a physiotherapist if prior back
    injury exists
  • referral to a psychologist if the problem is
    deemed to be related to anxiety or depression
  • Holistic medicine sees a person as being made up
    of four main parts - physical, psychological,
    social and spiritual. To truly understand a
    person's well-being, each part must be properly
    investigated and then treated as one whole system.

Principles of Holistic Medicine
  • Healing through Love
  • Holistic medical practitioners treat the patient
    with kindness, acceptance, and love without
    condition. It is vitally important for the
    patient to be aware of and understand the power
    of love in the healing process.
  • Whole Body Treatment
  • Holistic doctors look at the body, mind and
    spirit all together as important for life. All
    four aspects must be examined when any treatment
    is performed in order to give a balanced
  • Prevention and Treatment.
  • Rather than only managing symptoms, holistic
    doctors promote a healthy lifestyle and the
    prevention of sickness. They aim to raise
    awareness of the disease and relieve symptoms
    through optimizing overall well-being.
  • Natural Healing Power
  • Holistic medicine promotes the self-healing power
    of our bodies, minds and spirits. It assists
    patients in using these powers to progress
  • Combined Healing Systems.
  • Holistic medicine teaches safe and effective
    options for diagnosis and treatment. These derive
    from a variety of traditional methods and are
    chosen to best treat the unique needs of each
    individual. The scope of these aspects includes
    lifestyle changes as well as conventional drugs
    and surgery.

Principles of Holistic Medicine
  • Relationship Care
  • Patient autonomy is encouraged through the
    doctor-patient relationship and puts emphasis on
    the needs of both parties. The quality of the
    relationship is paramount to the healing process.
  • Individuality
  • Holistic practitioners concentrate patient care
    on the individual needs of the person with the
    disease, rather than focusing on the disease
  • Teaching by Example
  • Incorporating the principles of holistic health
    into treatment and daily conversation with the
    patient helps to promote healing.
  • Learning Opportunities.
  • Holistic healthcare professionals aim to use the
    occurrence of illness and suffering as an
    opportunity to grow and learn, for both the
    doctor and patient.

What Is The Difference Between Homoeopathic And
Holistic Medicine
  • Holistic
  • Homeopathy
  • Holistic medicine and homoeopathy are often used
    interchangeably, but they are in fact two
    distinct medical terms with significant
  • Holistic medicine is a catch-all term used to
    describe a number of therapies, all of which are
    centred around the idea of treating a patient as
    a whole.
  • The holistic approach tends to focus less on
    simply treating symptoms, and instead attempts to
    find the root cause of an issue.
  • Homoeopathy, rather than being another term for
    holistic medicine, is, in fact, a specific type
    of holistic medicine. Homoeopathy makes up a
    small part of the entire holistic group of
    treatments and isnt necessarily practised by all
    holistic doctors.
  • Homoeopathy is a natural healing method intended
    to restore and improve general health. It is
    considered a very safe, gentle treatment and is
    made from environmentally friendly sources.
  • Homoeopathy is based on the principle of treating
    like with like - in other words, using the
    cause of an ailment to treat the ailment.

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