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What is psychotherapy

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy consists of a series of techniques for treating mental, emotional and some psychiatric disorders. It involves undergoing regular meetings or sessions with a psychotherapist During this process, a trained psychotherapist helps the client tackle a specific or general problem such as a particular mental illness or a source of life stress.
There are many specific types of psychotherapy, each with its own approach. The type of psychotherapy that’s right for you depends on your individual situation

Psychotherapy can be helpful in treating most mental health problems, including:

  • Anxiety disorders,such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, panic disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Mood disorders,such as depression or bipolar disorder
  • Addictions,such as alcoholism, drug dependence or compulsive gambling
  • Eating disorders,such as anorexia or bulimia
  • Personality disorders,such as borderline personality disorder or dependent personality disorder
  • Schizophreniaor other disorders that cause detachment from reality (psychotic disorders)

Types of psychotherapy

There are many forms of psychotherapy. Some are:

  • Psychodynamic therapy – it focuses on how life events, desires, and past and current relationships affect your feelings and the choices you make.
  • Humanistic therapy – This approach emphasizes people’s capacity to make rational choices and develop to their maximum potential. Concern and respect for others are also important themes.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy – it can be used to alter difficult behaviors, such as smoking, procrastination, or phobias, and can also help address conditions such as depression and anxiety.
  • Group therapy – it involves one or more therapists working with several people at the same time. This type of therapy is widely available at a variety of locations, including private therapeutic practices, hospitals, mental health clinics and community centers.