How Psychoeducation Helps You Manage Your Mental Health With Ease

Posted on September 5, 2023 by Corner Canyon Publishing
How Psychoeducation Helps You Manage Your Mental Health With Ease

People in treatment for mental health disorders benefit from having a deeper understanding of how their thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors impact their overall well-being. Psychoeducation helps teach people in recovery about their condition and what to expect during treatment. According to the World Journal of Psychiatry, “Psychoeducation is an intervention strategy based on providing patients and/or relatives with information about the disorder to enhance their understanding and enable early identification of warning signs and mood changes, improving treatment adherence.” Psychoeducation is especially important for more complex disorders. Corner Canyon Health Centers uses psychoeducation to help clients better understand their diagnosis and treatment plan. 

What Is Psychoeducation?

Psychoeducation uses a mixture of therapeutic modalities to provide clients with a comprehensive understanding of mental health issues. Therapy sessions take place in a group or one-on-one setting. Psychoeducation is also a helpful tool for family therapy. Families are better able to support their loved ones during treatment and aftercare if they understand the underlying mental health issues and biological factors contributing to their loved one’s condition. 

Psychoeducation does the following: 

  • Ensures clients and their families understand the diagnosis and benefits of treatment 
  • Reduces stigmas and misconceptions about mental health by providing facts 
  • Encourages clients to more actively engage in their recovery and treatment planning
  • Reduces misunderstandings between clients and clinicians
  • Helps clients and their families set realistic expectations and recovery goals

Clients may not realize underlying traumas and other issues affect their ability to heal and manage their condition. Psychoeducation provides context to their disorder and helps clients discover healthier ways to frame their recovery. Clinicians also use psychoeducation to instruct clients and their families on how to cope with the symptoms of mental health disorders. 

Psychoeducation Helps People Grow and Heal

The integrative treatment programs at Corner Canyon Health Centers use psychoeducation to help clients better understand the connections between their mind and body. Increased self-awareness makes it easier for people to recognize maladaptive behaviors and replace them with positive alternatives. 

Psychoeducation may be used alongside other therapies, including: 

  • Neurofeedback 
  • Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB)
  • Nutritional psychiatry
  • Psychotherapy 
  • Support groups

Treatment plans are personalized to ensure clients can access the tools they need to grow and heal. Psychoeducation increases independence and self-confidence by allowing clients to make more informed decisions about their treatment plans.

What Does Psychoeducation Look Like During Treatment?

Psychoeducation involves one-on-one or group sessions with a clinician. The care team provides facts and details about the client’s diagnosis and how their lifestyle or other factors may impact their mental health and ongoing recovery. Psychoeducation helps clients and their families accept mental health issues and move forward in recovery. Most sessions involve discussing various aspects of mental health or the client’s recovery. In addition, literature and other resources are shared with the client to provide additional context.

Clinicians may combine psychoeducation with the following: 

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or other forms of psychotherapy
  • Group or family therapy 
  • General mental health education 

Families often participate in psychoeducation sessions. According to Schizophrenia Bulletin, traditional psychoeducation “was used to describe a behavioral therapeutic concept consisting of 4 elements; briefing the patients about their illness, problem solving training, communication training, and self-assertiveness training, whereby relatives were also included.” The research goes on to state that “[a] multitude of studies have demonstrated clear superiority of psychoeducational family interventions as compared with standard treatments.” Corner Canyon Health Centers uses psychoeducation to improve family relationships, increase client engagement, and reduce stress for people recovering from mental health disorders. 

Psychoeducation Helps Clients at Corner Canyon Health Centers

Individuals struggling with complex or co-occurring mental health disorders often benefit from psychoeducation. The therapy sessions allow clients and their families to better understand how treatment supports long-term positive mental health. Psychoeducation is only one of the support services offered to clients participating in treatment programs. 

Clients participating in treatment at Corner Canyon Health Centers have access to many support services, including: 

  • Group therapy 
  • 12-Step support 
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Individual psychotherapy and psychiatric support
  • Alternative holistic therapies 

Combined with other evidence-based treatments, psychoeducation ensures clients have the structure, stability, and context to move forward in their recovery. In most cases, psychoeducation is one part of the education process clients undergo to truly understand their diagnosis and how it has affected their lives. Clients often find it easier to make essential lifestyle changes if they know the context of how it affects their mental health and overall well-being.  

Psychoeducation Helps People Thrive in Recovery

Recovering from mental health disorders takes time. The programs at Corner Canyon Health Centers guide clients through building a solid foundation for future growth. Psychoeducation helps clients thrive during recovery by providing the information and tools they need to make educated decisions about their treatment and aftercare. Clinicians also use psychoeducation to ensure clients feel confident in their ability to manage their condition after completing treatment.  

Psychoeducation is an essential tool in mental health recovery. People who have a greater understanding of their condition often respond better to treatment and transition more successfully into aftercare. Psychoeducation is also important for friends and family who may not fully understand how their behaviors and relationships affect a loved one’s mental health. Psychoeducation is tailored to each client’s unique needs and provides comprehensive information about specific and general mental health issues and how they connect to thoughts and behaviors. Corner Canyon Health Centers provides psychoeducation in every treatment program to ensure clients have the information they need to make informed decisions about their health. To learn more, call our office today at (877) 717-6237.