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Supportive Psychotherapy Specialist

Integrative Psychiatry serving Southern California, including Palm Springs and Gramercy Park, Los Angeles, CA area

Supportive Psychotherapy services offered in Southern California, including Palm Springs and Gramercy Park, Los Angeles, CA area

Depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders might make simple everyday tasks feel unbearable. At Karma Doctors & Associates in Palm Desert and the Gramercy Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, the compassionate psychiatry team offers supportive psychotherapy to help you get through difficult life situations. Call the office to learn more or book an appointment online today.

What is supportive psychotherapy?

Supportive psychotherapy (talk therapy) at Karma Doctors & Associates involves referring patients to psychotherapy specialists for the treatment of common mental health conditions. The experts at Karma Doctors & Associates support and work in tandem with psychotherapists to ensure you receive the superior results that you deserve.

Why might I need supportive psychotherapy?

You could be a good candidate for supportive psychotherapy if you struggle with one or more of the following disorders:

  • Multiple personality disorder
  • Mood disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Substance abuse disorder
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Attention-deficit disorder (ADD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder

These conditions might be mild and not affect you much or severe and crippling. They can be short-lived, come and go, or linger long term when left untreated. 

What are the symptoms of mental health conditions that need psychotherapy?

Symptoms you may encounter because of a mental health condition that psychotherapy can help include:

  • Problems sitting still
  • Issues with interpersonal relationships
  • Problems at work or school
  • Mood swings
  • Frustration 
  • Irritability
  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Avoiding triggering situations
  • Fear or ongoing worry
  • Extreme or constant sadness
  • Feeling worthless
  • Guilt or shame
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Unplanned weight loss or weight gain
  • Alcohol or drug misuse
  • Thoughts of suicide

If these or other symptoms negatively affect everyday life situations, such as your job, school, or interpersonal relationships, see the experts at Karma Doctors & Associates for an evaluation. 

Is supportive psychotherapy right for me?

To determine if you’re a candidate for supportive psychotherapy at Karma Doctors & Associates, your provider reviews your medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle habits. They ask questions about your thoughts, mood, and behavior patterns.

Pharmacogenetic testing (blood or saliva tests) determines which medications, if any, may help you. Lifestyle changes, meditation, dietary supplements, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) are other treatment options that enhance supportive psychotherapy. 

What should I expect during my treatment?

During supportive psychotherapy sessions, you speak with a specialist over the phone or in person. You might attend therapy sessions alone with a psychologist, with your spouse, or with other family members. 

Your provider talks with you about your childhood, lifestyle, mood, thoughts, and emotions. They teach you behavioral-change strategies that reduce unpleasant symptoms and make it easier for you to cope with a mental health disorder. The number of sessions you need depends on your unique situation. 

The Karma Doctors & Associates team monitors your progress and makes changes to your treatment plan as needed to maximize your quality of life.

To learn more about supportive psychotherapy at Karma Doctors & Associates, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.