Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry located in Portland, OR

Telehealth and in-office appointments available.

Psychotherapy (talk therapy or counseling) is the foundation of mental health treatment. Berhanu Bedassa, PMHNP, at Bridge of Hope Mental Health Services in Portland, Oregon, provides psychotherapy sessions tailored to your unique needs. With his help, you can overcome problems like depression and anxiety and more effectively manage incurable disorders like schizophrenia. Call Bridge of Hope Mental Health Services or schedule a psychotherapy introduction online today.

Psychotherapy Q & A

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a valuable treatment for mental health disorders and emotional or behavioral problems.

At Bridge of Hope Mental Health Services, Berhanu uses psychotherapy to help you understand your condition. He shows you how to manage your symptoms, teaching you coping skills to overcome mental health challenges.

What mental health conditions might benefit from psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is an effective treatment for most psychiatric disorders, including:

  • Major depressive disorder (depression)
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Phobias
  • Panic disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance use disorder (addiction)
  • Personality disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Psychotherapy can also help people through challenging experiences like marriage or relationship breakdowns, grief and loss, and parenting problems. It improves relationships, increases self-esteem, and enables you to manage stress, anger, and other emotional difficulties.

Psychotherapy might also form an essential part of your treatment plan if you have a condition like chronic pain or insomnia.

Berhanu welcomes patients of all ages to psychotherapy sessions at Bridge of Hope Mental Health Services. He offers several different talk therapy approaches, tailoring your sessions to your needs.

What kind of psychotherapy might I need?

Psychotherapy takes many forms. Common ones include:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy  (DBT)
  • Psychoanalytic psychotherapy
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Relational therapy
  • Solution-focused therapy
  • Trauma-focused therapy

The advantage of so many choices is that there’ll likely be a method that suits you well. The disadvantage is that it’s hard for people to know where to start.

Berhanu determines which talk therapy best suits you after completing a thorough evaluation. He diagnoses your condition (or confirms an existing diagnosis), assesses how your symptoms affect you, and selects a therapy that suits your personality.

Some psychotherapies use a structured approach, having specific tasks that help you reach your goals. Others are more conversational. Berhanu will guide or encourage you to direct the discussion.

He can help you identify the past experiences influencing your mental health and show you how to work through them. He can also teach you how to spot unhealthy thoughts and behavior patterns and change them.

Call Bridge of Hope Mental Health Services or book an appointment online today to find the best psychotherapy approach for your needs.