Can psychotherapy help you overcome violent tendencies?

On Behalf of | Mar 24, 2021 | Assault And Domestic Violence | 0 comments

Facing charges of violent crime in Arizona can cause you to lose the trust of people you care about. While you may recognize that you struggle to express your emotions with control, you may feel completely unable to correct or change your behavior.  

The use of psychotherapy addresses your psychological health, maturity and past experiences to help you identify areas of weakness in your emotional processing. Unlike medical procedures, psychotherapy focuses entirely on your emotional response and uses your own skills, rather than medicine, to help you overcome emotional disorders. 

Types of psychotherapy

There are different methods of psychotherapy. Depending on your situation, you may find that a combination of methods may provide the most effective outcome. According to the Mayo Clinic, some types of psychotherapy include the following: 

  • Psychodynamic therapy can help you identify what motivates you and why you respond to conflict the way you do 
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy uncovers deeply-rooted, unhealthy behaviors and helps you redevelop your response mechanisms 
  • Supportive psychotherapy helps you learn stress-coping skills 
  • Dialectical behavior therapy addresses relationships and how you can improve your connection with others 

Benefits of psychotherapy

Exposure to violence from a young age, abuse and unreliable support during your childhood years could contribute to your charged emotional responses to conflict or stress. Psychotherapy can help you correct these behaviors and relearn positive, productive and effective ways to handle conflict and deal with stress.  

Psychotherapy can address other mental illnesses including obsession, anxiety and depression. You can show your commitment to changing bad habits when you participate in therapy. Even though you may still face criminal charges, you can use therapy to overcome your violent tendencies and replace aggression with assertive communication.  

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