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Psychotherapy Specialist

Julie Hall, MD

Psychiatrist located in Los Angeles, CA

Patients with just about every type of issue, from depression to behavioral disorders, can benefit from psychotherapy. Psychiatrist Dr. Julie M. Hall serves the entire Los Angeles community. As a board certified psychiatrist and behavioral expert, Dr. Hall can use psychotherapy to help you with any mental health concerns you may have.

Psychotherapy Q & A

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy, often called “talk therapy,” allows you to speak directly with a psychiatrist about your concerns. During a session, Dr. Hall will ask you questions and listen in a nonjudgmental way as you talk openly about your feelings. Together, you’ll work through any imbalances in your life and thoughts, so you can learn how to take control of any unhealthy patterns. Dr. Hall will teach you healthy coping skills that are individualized for your specific needs.

Which disorders can psychotherapy help with?

Psychotherapy is beneficial for nearly every type of mental or behavioral disorder. You may benefit if you have been diagnosed with, or think you have:

  • Anxiety disorders, including panic disorder and PTSD
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Depression or bipolar disorder
  • Eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia
  • Personality disorders
  • Sexual dysfunction or disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Addictions

 

You don’t necessarily need to have a mental health diagnosis to benefit from psychotherapy. Patients who struggle with insomnia, major life changes, stress, mild anxiety, relationship problems, or coping with medical conditions, can benefit from psychotherapy sessions.

Will I need psychotherapy for the rest of my life?

Probably not. Your progress depends on you and your diagnosis, so no 2 patients are the same. Some patients feel better after just a few sessions because they have taken action to understand their issues. Since Dr. Hall gives you “homework” to do on your own, you’ll continue to improve once you have the skillset you need.

Some disorders and issues take more time, possibly a year or more. This may be the case if you have an ongoing concern, like schizophrenia, or if you’re suffering from PTSD. By going to regular psychotherapy sessions, you’ll continue to grow and improve, but it doesn’t happen overnight.

When do I stop going to psychotherapy sessions?

It just depends on you. Throughout your treatment, Dr. Hall can discuss expectations with you and give you a realistic timeframe. But visiting with your psychiatrist is a lot like seeing your primary care physician. You still need to go back for routine maintenance here and there, even if you don’t feel “sick.” Expect to have a long-standing relationship with Dr. Hall. She is available to help you with any issues you have now or may encounter in the future.