What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy or talk therapy is a way that adults plan, problem-solve and work through their concerns. All therapy starts with a positive, accepting client-therapist relationship that serves to provide a safe, supporting environment supports clients by providing them with a safe, supportive environment to explore their challenge sand concerns so that they feel better, can resolve problems in daily living more effectively and modify attitudes and behaviors in constructive ways.
I work from a client-centered approach centered on here and now feelings and experiences. While certainly there are times when it’s important to understand the influences of the past, I believe change is often better accomplished through an awareness and understanding of our emotions as they occur in our present life. In supporting clients, I use both experiential and creative techniques. My clients can expect me to hear and see them with empathy, warmth, respect and non-judgment and encourage their growth and self-realization.
There are many approaches to psychotherapy.
Some forms last for only a few sessions, while others may continue for months or years, depending on the person’s needs. Individual sessions usually last for around 45–90 minutes and follow a structured process.
Sessions may be one-to-one, in pairs, or in groups. Techniques can include talking and other forms of communication, such as drama, story-telling, or music.
A psychotherapist may be:
- A psychologist
- A marriage and family therapist
- A licensed clinical social worker
- A licensed clinical professional counselor
- A mental health counselor
- Psychiatric nurse practitioner
- A psychoanalyst
Psychotherapy can help people in a range of situations. For example, it may benefit someone who:
- Has overwhelming feelings of sadness or helplessness feels anxious most of the time
- Has difficulty facing everyday challenges or focusing on work or studies is using drugs or alcohol in a way that is not healthful is at risk of harming themselves or others feels that their situation will never improve, despite receiving help from friends and family
- Has experienced an abusive situation has a mental health condition, such as schizophrenia, that affects their daily life