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Psychotherapy (sometimes called “talk therapy”) is a term for a variety of treatment techniques that aim to help a person identify and change troubling emotions, thoughts, and behavior. Most psychotherapy takes place with a licensed and trained mental health care professional and a patient meeting one on one or with other patients in a group setting.The process involves learning about yourself and your mood, feelings, thoughts and behavior. Using the insights and knowledge you gain in psychotherapy you develop healthy coping skills and stress management.

Psychotherapy has been shown to be beneficial on its own but is most effective when combined with a healthy lifestyle and medication, if needed. 

Taking the First Step

The symptoms of mental disorders can have a profound effect on someone’s quality of life and ability to function. Treatment can address symptoms as well as assist someone experiencing severe or ongoing stress. Some of the reasons that you might consider seeking out psychotherapy include:

  • Overwhelming sadness or helplessness that doesn’t go away
  • Serious, unusual insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Difficulty focusing on work, or carrying out other everyday activities
  • Constant worry and anxiety
  • Drinking to excess or any behavior that harms self or others
  • Dealing with a difficult transition, such as a divorce, children leaving home, job difficulties, or the death of someone close
  • Children’s behavior problems that interfere with school, family, or peers

Seeking help is not an admission of weakness, but a step towards understanding and obtaining relief from distressing symptoms.

Why Psychotherapy? 

  • Your preferred treatment choice
  • You want to minimize or avoid medications
  • Poor response to other treatment
  • You desire emotional growth and healing
  • You want to overcome behavior issues
  • To prevent relapse of your condition

Goals of Psychotherapy

  • Gain better understanding of your condition, situation and self
  • Identify and change behaviors or thoughts that negatively affect your life
  • Find better ways to cope and solve problems
  • Learn to set realistic goals for your life
  • Feel better about your self

Source: National Institute of Mental Health

Please remember this information is intended for educational purposes only and should not substitute medical advice from a healthcare provider.