Psychotherapy is an effective treatment that is often combined with other treatments.

Psychotherapy is sometimes referred to as "talk therapy." It may be used alone or combined with medications or other therapies. Your treatment team will work with you to determine which therapies offer you the best opportunity for improved health.

Here are examples of different types of psychotherapy:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy is a blend of cognitive (thought) and behavioral (action) therapy. It may benefit people diagnosed with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders or schizophrenia
  • Interpersonal therapy is often used on a one-on-one basis to treat people with depression
  • Family-focused therapy seeks to improve relationships, which may help improve treatment outcomes

Beating the Blues

This treatment option is an online cognitive behavioral therapy for depression, which is available for people age 18 and older who are currently depressed. To learn more, contact Jeff Barnett at 614-688-5671 or at

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Group Therapy

This 12-week group uses state-of-the-art research-proved treatment, Exposure Response Prevention/Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for people diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). A group leader and two specialized clinical psychology graduate students provide group learning and much individual attention. This program is designed to:

  1. Understand and observe the subtleties of an individual's OCD, especially the factors that keep them from recovering
  2. Learn tools for overcoming OCD
  3. Motivate individuals to systematically face and overcome their fears as well as give up avoidance and compulsions to ultimately lead a full life

Sessions begin September 2016 at Ohio State Outpatient Care Upper Arlington. For more information or to register, contact: 614-293-9600, option 2.

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a treatment that helps patients train their mind to cope with issues that cause anxiety or depression. Ernesto Ortiz Cruzado, MD, a psychiatrist at Ohio State, adds that exploratory therapy helps uncover potential triggers or causes. 

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