Finding the Right Therapies for Treating Psychological Disorders

Having a loved one dealing with a psychological disorder can be hard, and many don’t realize how difficult it can be to find proper help. There are many types of therapy. Dr. Renee Clauselle offers tips on how to find the best ones.

First, do you know the signs that it may be time to seek professional help? Ask yourself these three questions:

1) How often do I experience distressing or unpleasant feelings?
2) How intense are these feelings? Do they overwhelm me?
3) Do these feelings interfere with me leading a normal, productive life?

Choosing the right therapist and the best and right therapy for different psychological disorders can be confusing. In our practice, Child and Family Psychology (www.psychologists4kids.com), we suggest that people follow specific tips when shopping for the right therapist:

1) Make sure the doctor is trained and has evidence-based results in specific treatments.
2) Make sure they are willing to give or get three confidential case histories.
3) Do your research. Go online. See if they are they knowledgeable or have content and solid history.

Here is an outline of evidence-based treatments for the most common disorders and resources that may help:

Anxiety: Cognitive Behavior Therapy including relaxation techniques. See Dr. Renee’s audio guided relaxation below:
http://www.psychologists4kids.com/downloads-breathing-exercises-progressive-muscle-relaxation.php

ADHD, Autism, and other behavioral disorders: Behavioral therapy. Helpful resources may include these downloadable behavior charts:
http://www.appbrain.com/app/behavior-status/com.chrislbennett.behaviorstatus
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/behavior-status/id418096479?mt=8

Depression: Cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal psychotherapy.

Phobias: Cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure therapy.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

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