Frequently Asked Questions for Nashville Center for Trauma and Psychotherapy

Going to a Psychotherapist can be a worthwhile growing experience. Some people seek psychotherapy because they have feel depressed, anxious or angry. Others may need Trauma Therapy or PTSD Treatment that is interfering with their emotional or physical well-being.  Visiting a a therapist is good for times when you have specific problems, interpersonal problems, or generally feeling down or suffering from addiction. You can go to a psychotherapist once, for a few months or for long-term therapy. 

In America, one in five adults suffer from some form of mental illness, but about 46-65 percent with moderate-to-severe impairment are seeking therapy. Getting professional therapy is vital from suffering needlessly. Most people tend to go to a therapist is during a crisis. A crisis is an immediate threat to your life, where you feel in danger, suicidal, or inability to live your life in a normal productive way.

Another time you may want to see a Psychotherapist is for specific non-crisis problems, such as insomnia, procrastination, low grades, or even feeling a sense of anxiety. You don’t need to have a “major” problem to go to a therapist. Just feeling unable to deal with your problem or feeling unhappy makes you a good therapy candidate.

Overall, Psychotherapy is the commitment to improving your emotions, mental health and relationships.

Clinical psychology is the psychological specialty that provides continuing and comprehensive mental and behavioral health care for individuals and families; consultation to agencies and communities; training, education and supervision; and research-based practice. It is a specialty in breadth — one that is broadly inclusive of severe psychopathology — and marked by comprehensiveness and integration of knowledge and skill from a broad array of disciplines within and outside of psychology proper. The scope of clinical psychology encompasses all ages, multiple diversities and varied systems. 

Cited by: American Psychological Association 

A Psychotherapist is the psychological intervention of the mechanisms involved in health and illness. In other words, psychotherapy helps you resolve some emotional issues or modify certain aspects that make you vulnerable. So, if you have a problems from trauma, anxiety, depression, eating disorders or other similar issues, you need to ask for a Psychotherapist.

Psychoanalytic or Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is a form of clinical practice which is based on psychoanalytic theory and principles. It’s a treatment modality that in many ways is quite similar to psychoanalysis, although often considered less intense. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy utilizes psychoanalytic theories as the frame for formulation and understanding of the therapy process. These multiple theories apply to the psychotherapy situation, with a focus on increasing self understanding and deepening insight into emotional issues and conflicts which underlie the presenting difficulties. Typically therapists make use of exploration of unconscious thoughts and feelings, understanding aspects of the relationship between therapist and patient, which may relate to underlying emotional conflicts, interpretation of defensive processes which obstruct emotional awareness, and consideration of issues related to sense of self and self esteem.

Cited by: American Psychoanalytic Association

Suffering from any addiction can be a devastating disease. Sometimes a person abusing substances believes they are managing their addiction, when in reality their addiction is managing them. A professional addiction counselor can help a person abusing substances at any stage of readiness to achieve and maintain sobriety.

A person struggling with addiction might go to great lengths to hide their drug or alcohol use from others, making it difficult to detect. Often loved ones will suspect that a loved one is struggling with an addiction. They may notice changes in a person’s behavior and confront the loved one. They might notice that the person is acting in ways out of character for them, like becoming less reliable and not following through on things they agreed to do. Other warning signs might include unexplained financial problems, or the loss of a job. Sometimes, a person struggling with an addiction might deliberately fall out of contact, not calling for a prolonged period. People struggling with addiction might also develop changes in their mood or thinking. They might become more irritable, less engaged, appear drowsier, or say things that seem far-fetched or that do not make sense.

With the help of a clinical psychologist, you can explore what caused you to use drugs or alcohol, share and process feelings, increase awareness of negative though and behavior patterns, learn healthy coping skills, identify potential triggers, and create a long-term plan to sustain your sobriety. 

With attempted suicide rates increasing in the transgender community, it’s important for Psychotherapists to be aware of the issues gender nonconforming clients bring to therapy, and to be knowledgeable about how best to support them. 

A common misconception is that a transgender person is therefore gay. However, being transgender focuses on gender identity and not sexual orientation. Many transgender people experience gender dysphoria, which is a disconnect between one’s assigned sex at birth and the gender which the individual identifies with. It may be helpful to talk with a clinical psychologist or psychotherapist to help you sort out your feelings and eliminate misconceptions.

When your world starts to become limited because of anxiety, that is a good signal that it’s time to seek treatment. Anxiety disorders can severely impair a person’s ability to function at work, school and in social situations and can interfere with a person’s relationships. The disorders include generalized anxiety, panic disorder, PTSD, phobias and OCD.

Psychologists are trained in diagnosing anxiety disorders and teaching patients healthier, more effective ways to cope. A form of psychotherapy known as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is highly effective at treating anxiety disorders. Through CBT, psychologists help patients learn to identify and manage the factors that contribute to their anxiety.

Through the cognitive component of therapy, patients learn to understand how their thoughts contribute to their anxiety symptoms. By learning to change those thought patterns, they can reduce the likelihood and intensity of anxiety symptoms.

With the behavioral component, patients learn techniques to reduce undesired behaviors associated with anxiety disorders. Specifically, patients are encouraged to approach activities and situations that provoke anxiety (such as public speaking or being in an enclosed space) to learn that their feared outcomes (such as losing their train of thought or having a panic attack) are unlikely.

Cited by: American Psychological Association

Working with trauma is a highly specialized area of psychological practice, which is why it is important you seek treatment from a trained and experienced trauma psychologist or therapist.

Trauma Treatment (Adult) is defined by the CEBC as treatment developed to assist adults in coping with the effects that come from experiencing trauma. The trauma(s) may have occurred at any point in the individual’s life and may have occurred once or many times. The trauma(s) may be witnessed or experienced and can occur in many forms including physical abuse, sexual abuse or assault, neglect, domestic violence, community violence, war, and natural disasters. Many parents and caretakers involved in the child welfare system experienced trauma themselves in their childhood or adolescence and have never received treatment related to these experiences. This parental/caregiver trauma history can hinder proper family functioning, social support, nurturing, and attachment. Research finds that more than half of all adults in the United States will experience a traumatic event at some point in their lives. Though not all of these individuals will require formal intervention due to differences in resiliency (i.e., the ability to handle traumatic situations), some may require treatment to mitigate negative outcomes.

Many lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender individuals may seek help for sexuality, gender, or identity. However, the LGBTQ community often have their own set of unique challenges.

Research suggests that LGBTQ individuals seek mental health treatment at a higher rate than their non-LGBTQ counterparts.  This may be due to the stigma and discrimination LGBTQ individuals often face on a regular basis, from society, family members, peers, co-workers, and even classmates. This discrimination contributes to the higher rates of depression, anxiety, and other mental health struggles seen amongst LGBTQ.

Given the stressors that LGBTQ groups must confront, such as homophobia, societal discrimination and prejudice, coming out, and negotiating family relationships, finding a therapist that is openly LGBTQ or specializes in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender issues can offer some support and healing.

Hypnosis — or hypnotherapy — uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a trance. The person’s attention is so focused while in this state that anything going on around the person is temporarily blocked out or ignored. In this naturally occurring state, a person may focus his or her attention — with the help of a trained therapist — on specific thoughts or tasks.

Cited: WebMD