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What is Psychotherapy?


There are many different kinds of psychotherapy you can experience.

There are many stigmas associated with mental health and its therapies. But in recent years, there has been many attempts to break this stigma and the bring it for the forefront of the discussion. Psychotherapy is just one of the many treatments used to treat mental illnesses. But with it talked about so little, does the public really know what it is or how it can help? Well, we’ve got the answers for you.

What is Psychotherapy?

Often shorted to “therapy”, psychotherapy can be used on its own or in combination with medications that treat mental illnesses. During psychotherapy, a person will mental illnesses talks to a trained mental health professional in order to help the patient identify and work through whatever is triggering the illness. This therapy session is done in a healthy, nonjudgmental environment where the patient feels safe. Psychotherapy is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between the individual and a licensed psychologist.

How Does It Work?

Psychotherapy can help a lot of people with mental disorders. Therapists can help you deal with behaviors, emotions, and ideas that contribute to mental illnesses and teach you how to modify them. It can help you understand life problems and events such as illnesses, loss of a loved one, and divorce that contribute to your problems. Speaking with a therapist can also help you regain a sense of control in your life and teach you healthy coping techniques and problem-solving skills.

What Types of Psychotherapy Are There?

There is a therapy format for everyone. Talking about your mental illness can be done in an individual one-on-one session or in a group where two or more patients share their own experiences and learn from others. Marital and couple therapy can help spouses and partners talk about their problems and help the other understand why their loved one has a mental disorder as well as how to cope. Family therapy is helpful for family members who are struggling to understand one person’s mental illness. This therapy will help the family band together to cope with the mental illness affecting every member of the family. Psychotherapy is nothing to be ashamed of. Everyone deals with stress and illnesses differently and for some, the only way to cope is with psychotherapy. For more information on getting help, call Family Service Foundation today!

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