What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a broad term that encompasses numerous styles of therapy and uses verbal or nonverbal communication with a client to help treat psychiatric problems, behavioral issues, personality disorders, and various other types of emotional distress. This form of personal counselling is based on an interpersonal relationship, as opposed to the alternative chemical or physical forms of therapy.
How does psychotherapy work?
As the therapist creates dialogue, you are able to learn more about your moods, behavior, feelings, and thoughts. Understanding these factors allows you to control your life and handle certain situations in a more healthy and effective way.
When is psychotherapy used?
Psychotherapy is a term that encompasses many different types of therapy (CBT, gestalt, solution focused, etc.) and as such, psychotherapy is used to treat all forms of mental health concerns including:
- Children’s mental health concerns
- Anger management
- Stress management
- Mental health disorders
- Personality disorders
- Grief and loss
- Family issues
- Marriage and relationship concerns
- Sexuality and intimacy issues
- Gender identity issues
- Life transitions
- Changes in physical health
- Changes in mental health
This type of therapy may be used to treat other conditions and concerns in addition to those listed above. It may also be used in conjunction with other treatment methods. Your therapist will work with you to determine the best treatment method for your individual circumstances.
You should be aware that there is no treatment method that is successful for every person. What works for you, may not work for someone else.
What to expect from therapy
Put simply, you will get out of therapy what you put into it. It’s not a magic solution that will solve all your problems. It may involve you doing some real work and being completely honest with yourself and your therapist. Sometimes facing our truth is the hardest thing of all – but from that discomfort can come healing and growth.