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Fulshear Medical Associates -  - Internal Medicine

Fulshear Medical Associates

Primary Care Physician & Psychiatry located in Houston, TX

Stress, anxiety, and depression are common mental health disorders that can negatively impact your job, family, and relationships. At Fulshear Medical Associates in Houston, board-certified internal medicine physician Syed Abrar, MD, offers psychotherapy, or talk therapy, so you can talk through stress and anxiety or prescribe medications to ease symptoms and restore your quality of life. Call to learn more about psychotherapy or schedule an appointment online today.

Psychotherapy Q & A

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is a form of medical intervention that helps ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and trauma. It involves specific talking and listening techniques to help you control thoughts, feelings, your mood, and behaviors — and improve the way you cope with challenging situations. Psychotherapy often helps ease fear, worry, anxiousness, and sadness.

Is psychotherapy right for me?

Dr. Ghayas lets you know if you’re a good candidate for psychotherapy. Depending on your situation, psychotherapy may help ease symptoms of mental health-related conditions or everyday life stressors, such as:

  • Depression or anxiety disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Drug or alcohol addictions
  • Relationships conflicts
  • Work stress or anxiety
  • Traumatic life events, such as divorce or the death of a loved one
  • Chronic health conditions, such as diabetes or cancer
  • Physical or psychological abuse

Sometimes psychotherapy is all that’s necessary for a better quality of life. Other times psychotherapy plus medication gives you the best possible results.

What are the types of psychotherapy?

Numerous psychotherapy strategies exist, and each uses a unique approach to help you through everyday struggles. Examples include:

Cognitive behavioral therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, uses problem-solving to identify and change behavior and thinking patterns and replace them with more functional behaviors. CBT helps ease anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and trauma-related disorders.

Dialectical behavior therapy is a type of CBT that involves group or individual therapy. It helps you regulate emotions and change unhealthy behaviors. Dialectical behavior therapy is often useful if you have suicidal thoughts or suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and many others.

Interpersonal therapy

Interpersonal therapy, or IPT, helps you understand troublesome interpersonal problems like unresolved grief, conflicts with close friends or family members, and other interpersonal relationship issues. It teaches you healthy ways to express emotions and improve communication.

Psychodynamic therapy

Psychodynamic therapy involves the idea that behavioral and mental well-being are affected by childhood experiences and unconscious thoughts or feelings. Dr. Abrar help you improve self-awareness to change old behavior patterns.

Supportive therapy

Dr. Ghayas uses supportive therapy to guide and encourage you to use outside resources to boost self-esteem, strengthen coping mechanisms, reduce anxiety, and improve functioning in social situations and the community.

Your talk therapy sessions might be one-on-one or in a group setting, depending on what Dr. Ghayas recommends and your preferences. She may suggest psychotherapy combined with certain medications.

How often will I require psychotherapy?

Dr. Ghayas lets you know how often to schedule psychotherapy sessions based on the severity of your condition or events happening in your life. She refers you to a specialist if necessary.

If anxiety or depression is getting the best of you and negatively impacting your everyday life, call Fulshear Medical Associates today or schedule an appointment online.