What is Psychotherapy?

Vlog Summary: Psychotherapy, also referred to as counseling or therapy, is a special process designed to help Deaf people work through any number of concerns or problems they may be experiencing in life. Some people go to therapy when they are dealing with a particular crisis, such as the end of a relationship or a death. Others seek therapy to help them understand feelings or behavior patterns that may be creating difficulties in their lives. Many people also go to therapy for personal growth and self-understanding. Some people who have unresolved issues from the past use therapy to find ways to make peace with their experiences and move on to healthier and happier lives. Deaf people who experienced communication oppression or abuse while growing up, for example, may use therapy to work through deep feelings related to this. People with medical issues such as chronic pain, high blood pressure, or ulcers, find that therapy can help with physical, as well as emotional, functioning. Couples go to therapy to learn how to communicate more effectively with each other and enjoy their relationship at a deeper level. Families may participate in therapy when they are experiencing ongoing conflicts that seem to have no solution.

In short, people use psychotherapy to deal with many common and uncommon life issues and transitions. When feelings become overwhelming or when you feel stuck, psychotherapy can help. The relationship between psychotherapist and client involves collaboration, trust, and acceptance. When you work together to understand your emotions, you can learn new and alternative ways of making long-term changes in your life.

To cite: Duchesneau, S. (2008, March 12). What is Psychotherapy? ASC on the Couch. Retrieved (date retrieved), from http://www.ascdeaf.com/blog/?p=336

  1. Suzy March 13, 2008


    Thanks for demystifying some of the stigmas around mental health with this introduction. Many people are still afraid of getting the moral support they need to get clarity, change bad habits, improve relationships, understand emotions, etc and so on; so forth. This vLog is a valuable tool for explaining what psychotherapy is all about.

    Perhaps in a future vlog, ASC can talk about what kinds of therapies and how their benefits; plus the limitations of the therapist (trainings, confidentiality, legality, etc).

    With these tools, we all can heal some more…..that’s one of the greatest benefits of psychotherapy!

    Regards online~


  2. Steve March 13, 2008

    Wow, very nice, awesome. Maybe C.I. who refused to social deafies seek help! heheee.

  3. I_C_Voices March 14, 2008

    Sharon — very nice summary and introduction to psychotherapy. I believe it will help many people who are confused or curious about “mental health”…

    I have a concern, however, that people outside the beltway do not get the wrong impression. In most states, public mental health agencies are not permitted to provide the kind of support you describe. Where a large percentage of the Deaf community is living on SSI or Disability, etc, the only choice they have is to seek help from the state mental health agency. State providers are limited to serving only people with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (adults), or children with Severe Emotional Disturbances. They also assist with addictions treatment (sometimes) and provide services to Deaf people with developmental disabilities.

    Many members of the Deaf community come to my office, asking for help with relationships, help with parenting, help with other personal problems, etc. I wish there were more private providers such as ASC to help these people, but except in “large” Deaf centers (Washington DC, Rochester, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco), Deaf people have few choices. Usually they must go to Hearing services with an interpreter, which (as you know) is very frustrating and usually ineffective.



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