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The Best Method for Addressing the Issue

 

If the difficulty one is experiencing is acute (meaning that it involves a discrete life event), generally the duration of therapy is shorter and is primarily focused on that specific event, along with its ripple effect on other areas in one's life.

If symptoms of anxiety or depression are present, the goal of the treatment is to relieve the acuteness of symptoms, while exploring the possible underlying factors that are causing emotional distress. If the symptoms are severe and disruptive to one's life, there can be a discussion about consultation with a psychiatrist for medication in conjunction with psychotherapy.

When the problem involves ongoing self-sabotaging patterns, then a psychodynamic (insight-oriented therapy) approach can be most helpful.