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Psychotherapy Specialist

Brian C. Hocking, PhD

Psychologist located in Charlottesville, VA

When you face challenges in your life, whether from anxiety, depression, a mental health condition, or a stressful situation like divorce, psychotherapy helps you heal and learn positive solutions you can use in everyday life. Dr. Brian C. Hocking in Charlottesville, Virginia, offers psychotherapy with a holistic approach, providing a supportive process that helps you overcome problems and keep your life on track. If you have any questions about psychotherapy, please call the office, or use online booking to schedule an initial consultation.

Psychotherapy Q & A

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is an umbrella term that includes different types of talk therapy. When you participate in psychotherapy, Dr. Hocking helps you identify the emotions, thoughts, and behaviors that are at the source of your challenges, whether they revolve around a specific event or involve a spouse, partner, family member, boss, or coworkers.

This type of therapy helps with a variety of problems. You may need to deal with relationship conflicts or an issue that pervades every aspect of your life, such as anxiety and depression. You can also target a specific problem like a divorce or a transition to a new job.

What are the different types of psychotherapy?

Some types of psychotherapy consist of talking, while others guide you to discover connections you didn’t know existed between emotions and actions.

There isn’t one approach that’s best. Your therapy may even incorporate multiple approaches. The type of psychotherapy used depends on the nature of your problem, your goals, and personal choices.

A few of the most common psychotherapies are:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Couples therapy
  • Integrative or holistic therapy

How do you know when to consider psychotherapy?

You may have a hard time deciding whether your feelings and problems are a normal part of everyday life -- something you think you should be able to manage on your own -- or whether you need some help. But if you feel overwhelmed or unable to deal with the problem, it doesn’t matter if it’s related to regular, daily stress, because psychotherapy can help.

When anxiety, depression, PTSD, or any emotional or behavioral problem interfere with your daily life, it’s a red flag that you may benefit from psychotherapy.

Avoiding friends, feeling exhausted or uncomfortable when you’re with friends, and missing time from work are all signs you should consider psychotherapy.

If you’re consumed by anger or sadness, or you frequently worry about bad things that have happened or might happen, please think about scheduling an initial meeting with Dr. Hocking.

There are many possible reasons to consider psychotherapy because it’s a type of treatment that’s uniquely effective at helping you work through diverse problems. Through psychotherapy, you can gain insight and learn new skills so you can move forward in life, confident in yourself and your choices.

If you have any questions about psychotherapy or you’d like to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to call Dr. Hocking or use the online booking tool.