Many people use the word “therapy” without really understanding it at all. Looking first at the etymology, the word comes from the Greek language and simply means “treatment”. Indeed, the goal of therapy is to help a patient solve their problems, which can be done through prescription medication, exercises or simple talking.
There are hundreds of different forms of therapy, including behavioral therapy, art therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, occupational therapy, marriage counseling and so on. What they have in common, however, is that they all deal with the emotions and feelings of a person. This type of therapy is mainly about mental health, not physical health, although the two do influence each other.
Art therapy, for instance, allows people to see themselves in a different light. Behavioral therapy is generally used to help people overcome a phobia. In cognitive behavior therapy, a patient is taught new ways to respond to certain triggers or emotional events. This is designed to help someone move on and get “closure” after some sort of traumatic events. This can be incredibly in depth, with some people completely retraining their brain so that they experience positive responses to situations in which they would usually have responded through anxiety, fear or even anger. Occupational therapy helps to increase someone’s overall self-confidence by encouraging them to take part in physical activities.
Other forms of therapy are more physical in nature. Pediatric therapy, for instance, looks at the body of babies, whereas geriatric therapy focuses on the elderly. Neurological focuses on the physical aspects of the brain and so on. These types of therapies are designed to give someone a greater sense of physical well-being and it stops them from feeling pain and being in significant discomfort. This type of therapy can be offered after accidents, in a form of rehabilitation, or to people who are born with certain physical problems.
When looking for an Orange County therapist, it is important to first understand what type of therapy you actually require. Most people who say they require therapy will mean some form of mental health therapy. This is also due to the fact that most physical therapies are therapies that are prescribed by a physician, although some mental health therapy can be prescribed too. However, with relationship counseling, for instance, people tend to have to refer themselves and request therapy.
One thing that is very important to remember is that there is no shame in requesting therapy. Whether it is physical or emotional therapy, it is delivered by professionals who are there to help people gain greater overall mental and physical health and well-being. Luckily, the stigma on mental health is being broken down and people are feeling more comfortable in looking for therapy. At the same time, however, you need to make sure that you only work with someone who you feel comfortable with. After all, this type of therapy is very intensive and you may have to share some private and intimate details.