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METHODS OF THERAPY Therapy from a psychologists viewpoint has many different meanings It can be physical or psychological or even both In this paper several different aspects of therapy will be discussed First the word therapy will be defined more clearly and then psychotherapy and how it differs from other interactions yet is also similar Next therapy will be examined from the Psychodynamic Cognitive and Humanistic-Existential points of view as well as the differences in their methods and content I will then address Behavior therapy and some of its uses as well as the advantages and disadvantages of Group Therapy Finally I will look at the role of medication in treatment and when it is appropriate as well as examining the helpfulness and utility of ECT Electroconvulsive Therapy and Psychosurgery First of all it would be very helpful if there was a definition of what therapy is According to Websters Dictionary the word therapy means a remedial treatment of bodily disorder The disorders with which psychologists deal are usually that of the brain although the problems caused by this area are in no way limited to mental areas mental problems almost always cause physical ailments When we think of therapy after an accident of some sort such as an automobile collision we generally tend to term this physical therapy Following a similar thought process then would lead us to believe that there is a term for mental therapy and there is Psychotherapy The text book defines psychotherapy as a systematic interaction between a therapist and a client that brings psychological principles to bear on influencing the clients thoughts feelings or behavior to help that client overcome abnormal behavior or adjust to problems in living With this definition in mind we are now in a position to answer the first question posed in the introduction which asks how psychotherapy and other interactions differ and how they are similar Well first of all what I
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