Dr. Nyberg is now employed with Serenity Mental Health Centers in Lehi, UT.
Psychotherapy, or counseling, is a process through which patient and therapist work jointly to understand and resolve personal challenges. By identifying both past and present stress points, patients learn how to create a better future. In psychotherapy, patients are offered a comfortable and confidential environment in which to examine feelings and focus on making positive changes.
There is good evidence that for many different mental health conditions and concerns, psychotherapy is effective and can produce positive and lasting changes in the brain.
For most people, psychotherapy alone is a good place to start getting help.
Sometimes, medication may also be needed, such as in more urgent, severe, or life-threatening circumstances. But even then, the experience of being prescribed a medication will mean different things to different people.
Because each person is a unique individual, there is really no such thing as a "medication-only" appointment, just like there is no such thing as a "food-only" family dinner.
Medication concerns are better-addressed as they relate to the patient's personal life story. A physician providing psychotherapy is in a better position to offer true healing. Every encounter holds the potential for growth.