Psychotherapy in Massachusetts is widely available in hospitals, clinics and private practices and a wide range of therapy strategies is available.

Psychotherapy is often used to refer to the entire gamut of treatments available for the management of emotional and behavioral conditions. However, there are many different forms or “schools” of psychotherapy in Massachusetts. They frequently represent the training that therapists have been exposed to and are consistent with therapists’ views about the roots of emotional and behavioral conditions. Patients also have their own expectations of what they need and feel at ease with in psychotherapy. (Psychotherapy patients in MA are often considered to be the most consumer savvy in the country.) Just one such example is the patient who would prefer a highly interactive form of psychotherapy in which the therapist may be very prescriptive or directive. Another patient may prefer to work with a therapist who may not be so much interactive, as they might provide a supportive environment in which the patient may learn to interpret their own thoughts, feelings and behavior.

Psychotherapy in MA

Common Psychotherapy “Schools”

While there are therapists who practice strict orthodoxies of treatment, a great number of them have come to realize that each school of psychotherapy and its strategies for intervention offers some benefit. Therefore, many psychotherapy practices now can be described as eclectic in which the therapist integrates the theories and techniques of several schools of thought. Some of the more common of these psychotherapy “schools” are:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Rogerian
  • Jungian
  • Problem-solving
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Behavior therapy, and there are many more

Who can practice psychotherapy is varied, even by state. In Massachusetts, a person in private practice has to be licensed by the Commonwealth. Presently, individuals from the following disciplines can be licensed as long as they also meet other requirements set forth by their respective Boards of Registration:

  • Social Work
  • Psychology
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Psychiatry

Psychotherapy Options in MA

The psychotherapy practiced by therapists from these disciplines can come from any of the “schools” of therapy described above. While the dispensation of medication is reserved to psychiatrists and to some specially certified nurses, the quality of psychotherapy does not vary from one discipline to the next. It varies more as a result of the knowledge, experience and “style” of the individual therapist. Call us for help in locating a suitable therapist for your needs.

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