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What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is the practice of spending time with a professionally trained psychotherapist to identify and help you overcome mental and emotional problems of personal or interpersonal nature. The psychotherapist uses techniques that are rooted in effective communication and insight building, to facilitate personal growth and freedom from disturbing thoughts and emotions that make you feel stuck or hold you back in your life.

While coping with a chronic disease is hard on the body, it is a lot harder on the mind. Our in-house psychologists assist patients and help them cope with kidney disease.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist, psychologist and psychotherapist?

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor with specialized training in the field of mental / psychological disorders. They can prescribe medicines to treat psychological disorders.

A psychologist is a person who has a masters or doctoral degree in psychology. There are many different kinds of psychologists, but only Clinical or Counseling Psychologists are qualified to offer therapy. Psychologists treat mental disorders using psychological methods and cannot prescribe medicines.

Psychotherapists are psychologists or psychiatrists with additional training in a particular form of therapy for e.g. Cognitive, behavioral or psychodynamic therapy.

At DaVita, we offer specialized services for:

Chronic Illness

Living with a chronic disease can be a difficult thing. Our expert team of psychologists assists you to lead a more balanced and productive life.

Patient Interventions

While coping with a chronic illness can significantly impact overall psychological well-being, our psychologists help you cope with the emotional challenges therein. We are perhaps the only super-specialty centre to offer this valuable service that aims to improve overall quality of life.

Family Support

As main caretakers of patients, family members often supervise treatment providing emotional, social and financial support. Family education, intervention and support programs designed at DaVita assist families to optimally care for the patient stay physically and emotionally healthy.

General Psychotherapy Services

Individual psychotherapy can help you resolve several difficulties:

Significant or chronic emotional distress (e.g. sadness, anxiety, chronic stress or worries), which is persistent and troubling, and may impact different aspects of your life like work, family or relationships.

Recent loss such as separation from a loved one.

Relationship problems with a spouse, parent, child, co-worker or significant other.

Sexual problems that are common but embarrassing to talk about and are often rooted in disturbances of a psychological or emotional nature.

Skill deficits such as excessive shyness, poor communication, lack of assertiveness or poor anger control.

Trauma or abuse of a physical or sexual nature, or any form of violence.

A clinical disorder or condition such as depression, anxiety, obsessions or compulsions can be resolved using psychotherapy as an alternative or adjunctive treatment to medication.

Personal growth - Psychotherapy can help you learn more about yourself and others and overcome obstacles that have kept you from reaching your optimum potential and becoming the person you want to be.

Marital / Couple Therapy

Couple therapy is a means of resolving problems and a conflict that couples have not been able to handle effectively on their own. It involves both partners sitting down with a trained professional to discuss their thoughts and feelings. The aim is to help them gain a better understanding of themselves and their partner, to decide if they need and want to make changes, and if so, to help them to do so.

Our Other Psychology Services Include

Psychological assessment, parental counseling, vocational guidance, study skills and stress management.


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