Depressed, anxious, emotional ups and downs, difficulty coping with life and/or difficult situations, emotions all over the place, difficulty managing emotions, unexplained anger, and suicidal thoughts. These are some of the signs, symptoms, feelings, and emotions that a person may experience that may cause them to seek psychotherapy.
Psychotherapy is a collaborative relationship between an individual and a therapist where services are provided in a safe, nonjudgmental, and supportive environment where the individual is able to talk openly and honestly about their struggles, concerns, fears, and factors that are impacting their emotional and mental health.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Psychotherapy consists of the use of different treatment approaches to help clients overcome obstacles, manage anxiety, emotions, and situations in life. For example, using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), as a treatment approach is effective for treating clients who struggle with depression or depression-like symptoms, as well as other disorders.
Psychotherapy is used interchangeably with the word counseling
You may hear people say “I’m going to therapy, I receive psychotherapy services, or I’m going to counseling, I receive counseling services.
They both mean the same, they are a process of engagement between a therapist and a client working together to bring about change in the client’s life through a therapeutic process/professional relationship.
There are many goals in psychotherapy, and some are to help clients heal, to help clients manage their emotions, to help clients identify solutions to problems, to give clients hope and encouragement, to help clients learn healthy ways to cope with life and the challenges that sometimes happen in life.
Psychotherapy is effective in many ways and can help people live healthier and better lives.
Most importantly, psychotherapy does the following 7 things
- Helps with managing and/or overcoming worry, especially excessive worry.
- Helps with feelings of sadness, hopelessness, worthlessness, and low self-esteem.
- Helps with emotional, psychiatric and mental health disorders.
- Helps with addictions; for example, sex, drugs, alcohol, gambling and other addictions.
- Helps with coping, managing, and/or overcoming negative thoughts, feelings, and emotions.
- Helps with identity, managing, and overcoming negative and self-sabotaging behaviors.
- Helps with problem-solving and how to take control of your life.
Psychotherapy can be beneficial to anyone and is a process that helps individuals deal with hardships in life, as well as helping people live their best life and become a better version of themselves.