Talk therapy; clients engage in complex verbal interactions with their therapists. Can be done with individual or group.
Based on the principles of learning, therapists make direct efforts to alter problematic responses like phobias and drug use.
Involve interventions into a person's biological functioning. Most widely used are drug therapy and electroconvulsive shock therapy.
Specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders and everyday behavioral problems.
Block or reduce sensitivity of the brain receptors that respond to dopamine. Helps patient become manageable, but not a cure.
Keep seratonin in synaptic gap before reuptake to create a sense of well-being.
Increase the activity of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), effects the muscles for a sense of relaxation.
Used to treat bipolar disorder, must be given in the right dosage, and it is hard to find the right dosage.
Success of a treament that is due to the patient's expectation of hopes rather than to the drug itself.
Any surgical procedure that destorys selected areas of the brain, ex. prefrontal lobotomy. Might result in minor memory loss and docile behavior.
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
A procedure used in cases of prolonged and severe major depression, causes a brief brain seizure.
Emphasizes the recovery of unconscious conflicts, motives, and defenses through techniques such as free association and transference.
Clients spontaneously express their thoughts and feeelings exactly as they occur, with as little censorship as possible.
Therapists attempt to explain the inner significance of the client's thoughts, feelings, memories, and behaviors.
Largely unconscious defensive manuveurs intended to hinder the progress of their therapy.
Occurs when clients unconsciously relate to their therapists in ways that mimick relationships in their lives.
An insight therapy that emphasizes providing a supportive emotional climate for patients, who play a major role in determining the pace and direction of their own therapy.
Involve the applications of learning principles to direct efforts to change client's maladaptive behaviors. Uses techniques of classical and operant conditioning.
Step by step process of desensitizing a client to a feared object or experience. Based on counter-conditioning.
Behavior therapy in which an aversive therapy is paired with a stimulus that elicits an undesirable response.
Use varied combinations of verbal interventions and behavior modification techniques to help clients change maladaptive terms of thinking.
Uses specific strategies to correct habitual thinking errors that underlie various types of disorders.
Physiological interventionsintended to reduce symptoms associated with psychological disorders.
Gradually reduce psychotic symptoms including hyperactivity, mental confusion, hallucinations, and dellusions. Ex. Thorazine
Gradually elevate mood and help bring people out of depression. Ex. Prozac and Zoloft
Based on the assumption that people seek self-actualization and self-fulfillment, emphasized people's free will to change.
Practice of therapy involves drawing ideas from two or more systems of therapy instead of committing to just one system.
A medical institution specializing in providing in-patient care for psychological disorders.
Helps clients explore the meaning of existence and face life's issues with courage.
Family and Couples Therapy
Helping with problems that develop within a family, can look for patterns of behavior across generations.
Insight into unconscious motives and feelings, probing the unconscious through dream analysis, free association, transference.