What is psychosociotherapy?
Psychosociotherapy is a new—but fundamentally ancient—way to address problems in life causing individuals to lose full functioning. It corrects for the excessive modern focus on individuality. Without sliding to the opposing extreme of collectivism.
Wellness is psychosocial. We believe being well always involves internal psychological factors with external social and environmental factors. And much of what ills the world today stems from imbalance between these.
Psychosociotherapy fills a gap not yet served by any other type of service. Only psychosociotherapy applies anakelogical insight toward solving problems by resolving needs.
In a nutshell, psychosociotherapy is improving your psycho and social conditions to resolve needs.
What do psychosociotherapy sessions look like?
As practiced here by Value Relating, psychosociotherapy involves three basic types of sessions. Each can be found in the name "psychosociotherapy."
Together, we grow your inward supports, by expanding your personal resiliency.
Together, we grow your outward supports, by expanding your social capital.
Together, we improve your psycho and social conditions
to reach your cause.
In these psycho-focused sessions, we grow your self-efficacy, by stretching your discomfort zone, so you can endure the discipline it takes to more fully resolve needs.
These sessions focus on stretching your capacity to handle the difficulty of fully resolving your painful needs, so you don’t have to settle for relieving symptoms of those persisting painful needs.
In these social-focused sessions, we grow your social-support, by building a support team, so you can reach beyond your personal limits to access resources.
These sessions focus on developing your social resources to help resolve your life’s many needs, so you don’t have to guard your vulnerable inability to handle the full weight of life on your own.
In your cause-focused sessions, we transform relationships, by turning power differential barriers into powerful supporters helping you resolve the needs of your cause.
These sessions focus on the specific steps to reach your supported cause, so you don’t have to settle for merely relieving symptoms but remove source for symptoms by fully resolving these needs.
Psychosociotherapy goes beyond symptom relief
Psychosociotherapy locates symptoms in unresolved needs, by helping to
2. express, and
these underserved needs, in an interconnected "psychosocial supports" framework.
Symptoms generalize for you that something is amiss. Psychosociotherapy helps you look under the hood of your painful symptoms,
1) to first identify the symptom’s underlying needs,
2) to then express that specific need, and finally
3) how you would go about resolving it.
Psychosociotherapy does not seek to relieve your symptoms. To the contrary, with psychosociotherapy’s hardship-enduring supports, you learn to honor symptoms like anxiety and depression as valuable signals of underserved needs.
Understandably, you may require some relief from overbearing symptoms just to focus. In that case you're either not a good fit for psychosociotherapy are you are working with a psychotherapist to ease your symptoms enough to benefit from psychosociotherapy.
Instead of relieving such symptoms, psychosociotherapy seeks to resolve these anxiety- and depression-reported needs. Even if this means speaking your truth to power who negatively impact your needs. Then turning such barriers into bridges.
Resolving your unmet needs should naturally remove the cause for your persisting symptoms. If pain persists, we then look deeper at other unmet needs demanding your urgent attention. Rinse and repeat.
By replacing this cause for pain, psychosociotherapy replaces many other unwelcomed unpleasantries as well.
Replaces social isolation with social connections.
Replaces loneliness with peer support.
Replaces conflict avoidance with mutual appreciation for each other’s impacted needs.
Replaces distasteful adversarial options with preferable conciliatory options.
Replaces hopeless power differentials with mutual value for each other’s needs.
Replaces debilitating avoidance with increasing supports to resolve needs.
Replaces meaninglessness in life with inspiring support for pursuing passionate purpose in life.
Replaces mounting pain from unmet needs with meaningful pleasure from resolving those needs.
Along the way, your value to others naturally increases. The more your needs fully resolve, the easier you can attend to the needs of others. The more others become drawn to you.
That’s worth something, isn’t it? So we incentivize others to invest in your development. Why? Because you’re worth it!
Perhaps it would help to compare and contrast this with traditional psychotherapy.
Psychotherapy compared with psychosociotherapy
Perhaps psychosociotherapy would serve you better. Here you can learn a little more about it. Below you will find more detail for each of these items above. And you just mind find what you have always been searching for.
1.1a Address personal problems
Treats individual’s complaint as something the individual is to change within oneself.
1.2a Sees problems as personal change issues
Typically view problems as something to be personally managed. If suffering from an overbearing boss, psychotherapy helps you adjust. Tries to improve the individual without improving their situation.
1.3a Locates problems within individual
Treats the individual’s reported symptoms as if located solely within that individual. Treats symptoms of larger problems, like depression and anxiety, as something to be changed within the individual.
1.4a Focuses inward
Understands problems primarily as internal matters apart from external contexts. When complaining about the external part of your pressing problem, you are likely told to take responsibility for your choices and actions. You cannot change the world, it’s assumed, so psychotherapy helps you change to a world you cannot change. You take responsibility for yourself, even as others remain irresponsible toward you.
1.1b Address interpersonal problems
Problems that persist tend to stem from unresolved needs where access to resources to resolve such needs remain out of one's personal control.
1.2b Sees problems as unresolved needs
View problems as persistently unresolved needs, where access to resources to resolve such needs remain out of one's personal control. Treats relationship to improve access to resources to resolve these needs.
1.3b Locates problems in power differentials
Treats context of power differentials behind personal problems, as part of larger systemic approach for shared improving. Measurably decreases depression and anxiety as context improves to resolve underlying needs.
1.4b Focuses inward and outward
Understands affected needs in both their internal and external contexts. When complaining about the external part of your pressing problem, we listen without assuming you're failing to take responsibility for yourself. We recognize responsibility for painful needs involve both personal responsibility largely within your control and sociopolitical responsibilities largely outside of your control.
2.1a Focuses on adjusting to conditions
Helps individuals change to life’s challenges, in the name of personal responsibility.
2.2a Reduces your perspective
Treats individual problems psychologically, as if isolated from each other. Potentially stigmatizes the most vulnerable (if implying issue resides within individual).
2.3a Reinforces your alienation
Accepts popular norm of keeping problems to oneself. Concedes to moral generalizations about what one another must need, instead of personally asking what is needed in the moment. Then has to address painful symptoms of the consequentially unresolved needs, seen as beyond individual control.
2.4a You anxiously express your needs
Nervously speak privately with counselor for private improvement. Worry about the stigma of seeking psychotherapeutic help. Rely on HIPAA to guard privacy so others don’t see the source of your improvements.
2.1b Focuses on problem-solving conditions
Helps individuals change life’s challenges, in the cause of mutual responsibilities.
2.2b Broadens your perspective
Treats individual problems holistically in their psychosocial environments. Potentially stigmatizes greatest influencer (if carelessly hurting vulnerable individuals).
2.3b Improves your effectiveness
Dares others to join in solving common problems. Personally asks what is needed in the moment instead of conceding to generalizations about what one another must need. Then addresses disconnection between each other and behind unresolved needs, seen as driving painful symptoms.
2.4b You confidently address your needs
Boldly speak truth to power with support for mutual benefit. Risk stigmatizing others with the influence to exploit your vulnerabilities. Leverage verifiable improvements to attract interest and investment for further growth.
3.1a Avoid your life’s pain
Hate pain as a trouble to be avoided. Seek to relieve symptoms as a way to avoid pain. In short, let pain build up from unmet needs.
3.2a Serves vulnerable individual alone
Learn how much you can endure in private by dulling mounting pain. Then suffer alone until your next psychotherapy session.
3.3a Suffer mostly alone
Sit alone with therapist. Who at best can help you relieve pain of disturbing symptoms. Reinforce stigma of seeking help by blaming yourself for problems in life largely beyond your control.
3.4a Remain stressed by source of pain
Learn to cope with the constant stress from those powerfully impacting your life. Let treatment end with symptom relief. Resign to recurring symptoms inconveniencing your life.
3.1b Remove your life’s painful trouble
Appreciate pain as messenger of trouble. Seek to resolve trouble as the way to remove pain. In short, remove pain by resolving needs.
3.2b Links vulnerable person to a key supporter
Learn how much more you can endure when supported by loved ones. Then leverage your pain tolerance to remove more of its causes.
3.3b Overcome with support
Receive team support. Who together can help you resolve needs causing painful symptoms. Break stigma of seeking help by showing all could use non-blaming support for shared growth.
3.4b Deal with source of pain
Receive support to build bridges with those powerfully impacting your needs. Retain option to stay involved in problem-solving. Integrate solution with your passionate life purpose.
Generalize with others
4.1a Fits you into society
Views individual as generally powerless, and at the mercy of larger forces, to which the person must learn to adjust for the whole. Helps individual to fit passively into our unchallenged dysfunctional society.
4.2a Reduces you to psycho or social extremes
Often pits self-needs (like autonomy and self-efficacy) against social-needs (like affection and belonging), enabling the pathology of swinging back-&-forth between individualism and collectivism—known in anakelogy as “reactive vacillation.”
4.3a Addresses psychopathologies
Locates problems within the individual and often within the chemistry of the brain apart from context.
Your specific needs
4.1b Affirms your unique value
Views individual as essential strand in the fabric of life, with a passionate purpose to serve some underserved need. Seeks to correct dysfunctional society with improved wellness of contributing individual.
4.2b Appreciates your psychosocial contexts
Views self-needs and social-needs as complementary and not mutually exclusive, so understood as needing focus at different “seasonal” times so that each can be more naturally resolved—known in anakelogy as “organic oscillation.”
4.3b Addresses psychosocipathologies
Locates problems between people with competing needs and often with different levels of influence.
Conform to norms
5.1a Emphasizes believing over relating
Accepts dysfunctional prioritizing of indulgent believing over personally asking to know what each other needs.
5.2a Emphasizes alienation over interaction
Uncritically accepts “normative alienation” in which impersonal laws replace the role of interpersonal connections.
5.3a Emphasizes adversity over mutual benefit
Generally assumes client is pitted against the world with few if any means to change their impactful surroundings.
5.1b Emphasizes relating over believing
Replaces “generalized believing” with “dynamic relating” of asking what we specifically need from each other.
5.2b Emphasizes interaction over alienation
Replaces the alienation of legalistic thinking with the personal engaging of personally expressed needs.
5.3b Finds mutual benefit over being adversarial
Invites client to replace any hostilities with a better response to the needs of others, to the benefit of all.
Align with divisiveness
6.1a Inclined to be “cispolitical”
Aligns with overgeneralizing pain-relieving adversarial norms of liberalism and conservatism.
Typically accepts popular narrative that political outlooks are rationally chosen, and expects client to fit within these nuance-ignored political generalizations.
6.2a Inclined to be “cisjudicial”
Aligns with overgeneralizing pain-relieving adversarial norms of guilt and innocence, of accuser and accused, of complainant and defendant, of law enforcement and lawbreaker, and more.
Typically accepts popular narrative that adversarial justice is the best way to seek justice, with its provisional generalizations of guilt and innocence, and expects client to fit within these nuance-ignored adversarial generalizations.
6.3a Inclined to be “ciseconomic”
Aligns with overgeneralizing pain-relieving adversarial norms of employee and employer, of debtor and creditor, of consumer and producer, and more.
Typically accepts popular narrative that economic opportunities are equally available to all or that only government regulation can correct for economic inequities, and typically expects client to fit within these nuance-ignored contradictory economic generalizations.
Move beyond divisiveness
6.1b Dares to be “transpolitical”
Transcends with need-resolving specifics the adversarial norms of liberalism and conservatism.
Rises above nuance-ignored political generalizations to address the specific underserved political needs when keeping us artificially apart.
6.2b Dares to be “transjudicial”
Transcends with need-resolving specifics the adversarial norms of guilt and innocence of accuser and accused, of complainant and defendant, of law enforcement and lawbreaker, and more.
Rises above nuance-ignored judicial generalizations to address the specific judicial needs when keeping us underserved artificially apart as victims and violators, to address neglected needs impacted by both individual and state violence.
6.3b Dares to be “transeconomic”
Transcends with need-resolving specifics the adversarial norms of employee and employer, of debtor and creditor, of consumer and producer, and more.
Rises above nuance-ignored economic generalizations to address the specific underserved economic needs when keeping us artificially apart, to address neglected needs impacted by power differentials of employer-employee or creditor-debtor or producer-consumer.
Private health expense
7.1a Managing pain assumes personal costs
You bear cost of service alone, or charged to individual’s insurer. Privately manage pain from mounting personal problems, billing insurance as if reducible to a medical expense that does not appraise its accrued value.
7.2a Easing pain primarily benefits oneself
Views pain as something typical to avoid. Once avoided, there is little if any benefit from such relief for others.
7.3a Relieving pain may lower your social value
Dulls your pain to the point of dulling your sensitivity to others things, often keeping you focused on mounting pain you initially complained as symptoms for the psychotherapist to fix.
Shared life investment
7.1b Resolving needs create shared ROI
You share cost of service among beneficiaries of resolved needs. Publicly demonstrate improvements by respectfully engaging sources of imbalance, helping them be more responsive to those as vulnerably situated as you.
7.2b Growing your pain tolerance easily benefits all
Respects pain as messenger of trouble. Patiently resolving its underlying trouble helps us all remove its pain.
7.3b Solving problems can boost your social value
Shifts focus from suffered symptoms to addressing unmet needs, creating a track record of resolving needs when overcoming stubborn problems, and seeing this clear up initial symptoms.
8.1a Flat or sliding fee
Insurance often covers your bill, if covering your diagnosed ailment. If not covered by insurance, you either pay totally out of pocket. Or you may have a sliding-fee option. The charge is typically the same for every session.
8.2a Billed as an expense
Psychotherapy is typically viewed as a healthcare expense. And in Western culture, healthcare is a mostly private and not a communal matter. Healthcare experts view your mind as a defective object treated in a controlled environment. Healing isn’t viewed as a communally beneficial improvement.
8.3a Encrypted video-chat standard pricing
You typically must pay for the first session. eTherapy HIPPA-compliant video chat sessions typically charges between $1.75 to 4.99 per minute ($100-250 per hour).
8.4a Encrypted email exchange pricing
eTherapy HIPPA-compliant email exchanges range between $25 to 125 per exchange (1 email from client & I response from therapist).
8.5a Being vulnerable to affordable service
You either can afford psychotherapy or not. Or you have the insurance to cover it or not, likely under Obamacare. Either way, it’s a service you access not so much by what you can do for yourself but by what others can do for you. This can easily add to your sense of powerlessness, complicating your anxiety and depression. And reason enough not to use it.
8.1b Progressive pricing
Insurance is not applicable here. Billing starts low, to allow opportunity to attract paying supporters after showing significant improvements. As you grow, then you are gradually charged more. But you share that increase with your pantheon of supporters.
8.2b Tracked as an investment
After each session, you receive notification of how much you (and your supporters) have invested toward your goal. Later, you will hopefully see the value of reaching your goal as worth far more than what you had to invest to get there. Or we know we have room for improvement too.
8.3b Encrypted video-chat investment
Value Relating provides the first session for free. After that, you are only charged 50¢ per minute during your intake session. That soon goes up to $1/min, and then doubles to $2 and no more than $4/min for each session.
8.4b Encrypted email exchange investment
Value Relating includes encrypted follow-up emails as part of this service, at no extra charge. Note these are current prices, which are subject to change.
8.5b Having “lien” option to start from scratch
Value Relating offers the option for those who could benefit from the service but currently cannot afford to put much if anything toward it. You are required to invest at least 10% of your own money into each weekly session. But if you cannot (for cause) we can by default keep serving you under a “lien” Learn more about the lien option here.
Psychosociotherapy differs from conciliation services.
Conciliation is a type of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) service. It facilitates a negotiated settlement between conflicting parties in which the parties equally share the costs. It's especially geared for divorce settlements.
Psychosociotherapy serves those caught in power differentials. The cost structure recognizes the inability for the Impactee of the relationship to cover half the costs. It's geared more for disputes where no personal relation yet exists.
Psychosociotherapy also differs from mediation services.
Psychosociotherapy addresses situations poorly served by current legal structures. In contrast to mediation services, psychosociotherapy looks beyond legal structures to address the needs overlooked by current legal structures, such as the wrongly convicted and those underserved because of political polarization.
Psychosociotherapy also differs from arbitration.
Psychosociotherapy identifies specific needs overlooked in these adversarial legal structures. By contrast to arbitration, psychosociotherapy cites this adversarial approach as itself a key impediment to resolution. It replaces this adversarial self-protection with mutual respect for each other's needs.
Psychosociotherapy also differs from life coaching.
Life coaching is not a type of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) service. It actually fits quite closely with psychosocio-therapy. But tends to be out of our client's price range.
Psychosociotherapy also helps reach their full potential. In contrast to life coaching, psychosociotherapy helps clients build up their social capital to improve their chances of reaching their cause. Where life coaching focus on self-empowerment, this service embarks on a broader view of empowerment.
More distinctions and similarities exist, but space does not allow them all to be covered. Talk to us if you need better clarity. Find out for yourself if psychosociotherapy is a better fit for you and your situation.
Only psychosociotherapy, as offered here by Value Relating, includes the anakelogical focus of resolving each need behind each problem as its central tenant.