What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a treatment to help individuals with a variety of mental illnesses and emotional difficulties. It can help eliminate and/or control troubling symptoms for the person to function better and it can increase well-being and healing.

Psychotherapy treats difficulties in coping with daily life, the impact of trauma(s), medical illnesses, grief and loss, broad mental disorders to include: depression, anxiety, phobias, personality disorders, etc. There are several different types of treatment modalities used in psychotherapy in combination with medication.

Psychotherapy may be used in combination with medication to treat mental health conditions. In some disorders medication is required along with psychotherapy for the patient to attain best results. As well as, Healthy lifestyle improvements, such as good nutrition, regular exercise and adequate sleep, are important factors in supporting recovery and overall wellness.

Therapy Sessions may be conducted for individuals (adults, children and adolescents), family, and/or couples. Both patient and therapist need to be actively involved in psychotherapy; while building a trusting relationship most essential to effectively benefit from psychotherapy. Confidentiality and non-judgmental setting are the most important requirements in building the relationship.

Psychotherapy can be short-term (a few sessions) dealing with immediate issues; or long-term (months or years) dealing with longstanding and complex issues. The goals of treatment and arrangements for how often and how long to meet are planned jointly by the patient and therapist.