What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a term referring to treating mental health problems by talking with a psychiatrist, psychologist, or other mental health provider. There are several approaches to psychotherapy - including cognitive-behavioral, exposure, and interpersonal - that help individuals work through their problems. Psychotherapy, sometimes referred to as “talk therapy”, is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between an individual and a mental health professional. A person speaks with a trained therapist in a safe and confidential environment to explore and understand feelings and behaviors and gain coping skills. You and your psychologist will work together to identify and change the thought and behavior patterns that are keeping you from feeling your best.
There are several misconceptions and stigmas that surround psychotherapy. Examples include:
Only crazy people go to psychotherapy
Talking to friends/family is just as effective
The truth is, people seek psychotherapy for a plethora of reasons, some long-term, and some short-term. These reasons vary from chronic diseases that are affecting one’s well-being, to someone going through a rough patch that they need help navigating. There is nothing to be nervous or ashamed about. Remember that psychotherapy is bound by the rules of confidentiality. Only you can release your health records to an outsider. The only ones who know about your psychotherapy sessions are you, your psychologist and anyone to whom you give the written approval for your psychologist to talk (such as a physician or family member)
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