What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is a way to help people with a broad variety of mental illnesses and emotional difficulties. Psychotherapy can help eliminate or control troubling symptoms so a person can function better and can increase well-being and healing. ‘Psychotherapy’ and ‘counselling’ are very similar, but not exactly the same. Both describe a process of helping someone to come to terms with and work out solutions to their problems. However, they vary in the approach used, and underpinning model and thinking.

Counselling is a helping approach that highlights the emotional and intellectual experience of a client: how a client is feeling and what they think about the problem they have sought help for. Psychotherapy is based on the psychodynamic approach. It encourages the client to go back to their earlier experiences and explore how these experiences affect their current ‘problem’. A psychotherapist, therefore, helps the client to become conscious of experiences which they were previously unaware of. Counsellors, however, are less likely to be concerned with the past experiences of the client and are generally trained in a humanistic approach, using techniques from client-centered therapy.

Science-Based Outcomes

Below a list of the most important Outcomes.

– Have a safe and private place to talk about sensitive personal issues

– Better understand symptoms and diagnosis

– Decrease or eliminate depression and anxiety

– Reduce and manage negative or destructive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors

– Understand and process effects of traumatic events

– Reduce impulses and actions of self-harm or aggression

– Improve sleep, nutrition, and physical activity patterns

– Become more confident and at ease in social situations