Psychotherapy While You are Depressed after Divorce

A person who is suffering from depression due to sudden divorce can be cured within a concise time with the help of psychotherapy. Let’s see how a person suffering from depression can come back into normal life. We must remember there are several psychotherapy techniques but the most common one is CBT or cognitive behavioral therapy.

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is the use of psychological methods to help a person change his behavior and overcome problems in desired ways. Psychotherapy can improve an individual’s well-being and mental health. A person can be depressed in many circumstances. Divorce is the burning issue among them. Specific psychotherapies are considered evidence-based for treating some diagnosed mental disorders.

Psychotherapy Techniques, Tools & Exercises

There are over a thousand different psychotherapy techniques. Some were minor variations, while others are based on very different conceptions of psychology, ethics (how to live), or techniques. Psychotherapists are the mental health professionals such as psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists. Psychotherapists may also come from a variety of other backgrounds, and depending on the jurisdiction may be legally regulated, voluntarily regulated or unregulated.

In general, there are two techniques of counseling a patient. One of them is one-to-one and another one was group/family/other persons who have an influence on patients life.

Psychotherapy Techniques

This approach focuses on changing problematic behaviors, feelings, and thoughts by discovering their unconscious meanings and motivations. Psychoanalytically oriented therapies are characterized by a close working partnership between therapist and patient. Patients learn about themselves by exploring their interactions in the therapeutic relationship. While psychoanalysis is closely identified with Sigmund Freud, it has been extended and modified since his early formulations.

  • Behavior therapy. This approach focuses on learning’s role in developing both normal and abnormal behaviors.
    • Ivan Pavlov made important contributions to behavior therapy by discovering classical conditioning, or associative learning. Pavlov’s famous dogs, for example, began drooling when they heard their dinner bell because they associated the sound with food.
    • Desensitizing” is classical conditioning in action: A therapist might help a client with a phobia through repeated exposure to whatever it is that causes anxiety.
    • Another important thinker was E.L. Thorndike, who discovered operant conditioning. This type of learning relies on rewards and punishments to shape people’s behavior.
    • Several variations have developed since behavior therapy’s emergence in the 1950s. One variation is cognitive-behavioral therapy, which focuses on both thoughts and behaviors.
  • Cognitive therapy. Cognitive therapy emphasizes what people think rather than what they do.
    • Cognitive therapists believe that it’s dysfunctional thinking that leads to dysfunctional emotions or behaviors. By changing their thoughts, people can change how they feel and what they do.
    • Major figures in cognitive therapy include Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck.
  • Humanistic therapy. This approach emphasizes people’s capacity to make rational choices and develop to their maximum potential. Concern and respect for others are also important themes.
    • Humanistic philosophers like Jean-Paul SartreMartin Buber, and Søren Kierkegaard influenced this type of therapy.
    • Three types of humanistic therapy are especially influential. Client-centered therapy rejects the idea of therapists as authorities on their clients’ inner experiences. Instead, therapists help clients change by emphasizing their concern, care, and interest.
    • Gestalt therapy emphasizes what it calls “organismic holism,” the importance of being aware of the here and now and accepting responsibility for yourself.
    • Existential therapy focuses on free will, self-determination and the search for meaning.
  • Integrative or holistic therapy. Many therapists don’t tie themselves to any one approach. Instead, they blend elements from different approaches and tailor their treatment according to each client’s needs.



Depression is a frequent and severe medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and home.

Types of Depression

  • Mild
  • Manic Depression
  • Major Depression
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Seasonal Effective Disorder (SAD)
  • Psychotic Depression
  • Peripartum (Postpartum) Depression
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
  • ‘Situational’ Depression
  • Atypical Depression

How to Use Psychotherapy to Overcome Divorce Depression

Marriage is the most enthusiastic moment of a human’s life. Does not matter male/female both of them stays so excited from their childhood about marriage. So that when divorce comes in front of this happy face we just are clueless. Thousands of memories, dreams & wishes circulate us like a wheel. we think we have lost everything that we had. Our mind does not want to accept defeat.

If you think in pharmacological view then depression is nothing but a reduction of neurotransmitter secretion. There are dopamine & serotonin neurotransmitter in our brain. When the secretion of these neurotransmitters reduces we feel sorrow. With the help of many drugs, this type of problems can be solved.

Psychotherapy along with medication is the best way to treat divorce depression. Applicable psychotherapy in this situation is cognitive behavioral therapies or CBT.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is an umbrella term that encompasses many therapeutic approaches, techniques, and systems.

Other Additional Treatments To getting Rid of Divorce Depression

Lifestyle change

In some cases, changing your habits makes a difference. For instance, exercise is one of the treatments for mild depression. In some cases, treatment may also include creative therapies (such as art therapy, music therapy, or play therapy), mindfulness and meditation, and brain stimulation therapies, such as:

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

You’re “asleep” under general anesthesia while doctors put electrodes on specific points on your head to stimulate your brain. It’s usually used for major depression, but doctors may consider it for other conditions, especially in severe cases. Most people get it several times a week for a few weeks, and usually only if other treatments haven’t worked.

Vagus nerve stimulation

In which doctors implant a device that stimulates the vagus nerve, which relays messages to areas in the brain that are thought to affect mood and thinking. It’s approved to treat severe cases of depression that don’t respond to two or more antidepressant treatments.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation

Which uses magnets (outside the body) to stimulate the brain. It’s approved to treat major depression if other treatments haven’t worked. The research on how well it works is mixed.

Some people may need day treatment or hospitalization, at least for a time, for more severe conditions.

Psychotherapy along with medication is the most suitable, quick & developed way of treatment for people suffering from divorce depression.


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