Psychotherapy also known as talk therapy, adopts the basic concept of solving problems by talking through them. It modifies this idea and uses the approach to find solutions to emotional and mental difficulties.
Psychotherapy can serve as an effective way for you to manage mental and behavioral conditions, without the possible negative outcomes from medications that are often used for the same conditions.
Psychotherapy is one of the main approaches for dealing with psychological, mental, or emotional challenges. It can help you find relief from emotionally and sometimes physically disruptive traits, such as depression, anxiety, or fear.
Psychotherapy requires the collaborative effort of you, as a client, and a mental health professional to talk through, identify, and change troubling thoughts, emotions, and/or behaviors that can affect well-being. As a psychotherapy client, you should be able to observe the following key elements throughout your work with your mental health professional:
- A conversation about the benefits, risks, and expected outcomes of psychotherapy and the opportunity to give your informed consent
- A clearly communicated and mutually agreed-upon goal or plan for psychotherapy
- At each psychotherapy session, a clear beginning and a clear end during which problems or concerns are presented and discussed and outcomes are explored