Individual psychotherapy involves one-on-one interaction between a
therapist and a client. The therapist may be a psychiatrist,
psychologist, licensed social worker, or licensed therapist. During
psychotherapy, efforts are made to understand a client's thoughts
and feelings that are involved in behaviors and decision making. The
psychotherapy also involves helping a client develop more effective
strategies to manage stress and emotions, and to make more effective
decisions about behaviors.
Interactive psychotherapy involves interaction between a therapist
and a client who cannot understand language sufficiently for a
verbal psychotherapy to be completely helpful. Play therapy is a
type of interactive psychotherapy used with children. There are also
specialized interactive psychotherapy techniques to help clients
with impairments of language, including autistic individuals.
Family psychotherapy involves a therapist meeting with two or more
members of a family. Family psychotherapy helps individual family
members better understand the thoughts, motivations, feelings, and
behaviors of other family members. Communication improves and family
members make more effective behavior choices.
Systems psychotherapy involves a therapist meeting with members of a
group. The group can be an extended family or can be a group of
people working together. Like family psychotherapy, systems
psychotherapy helps the individual group members better understand
the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of other group members.
Strategies are developed to improve communication and the ability of
group members to work together.
Group psychotherapy involves a therapist meeting with a group of
people. Often, the individuals in the group do not know each other
before they join the group. During group psychotherapy, clients
learn how other people see them, and thus learn to make more
effective behavior choices.
Specific strategies are used to help encourage acceptable behaviors
and discourage unacceptable behaviors. These strategies may include
the use of short term rewards.
Psychiatric Medication Management:
Medications may be prescribed by a psychiatrist to help with mood,
attention, or organization of thinking. Florida law and good medical
practice dictates that patients on medications should be evaluated
by the physician at regular intervals and whenever a change occurs.
Medication management visits are 10 to 15 minutes, during which time
the psychiatrist reviews the effects of the medication, particularly
side effects. Medication adjustments may be made based on the
condition of the patient.