What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is an interactive way for a person to understand their mental health and emotions better to cope with life stressors. It is traditionally conducted face to face with a mental health professional over a series of sessions. Psychotherapy can focus on one mental health condition, or help the person with understanding their mental health state generally.
There are various types of psychotherapy but they all fall under one of these five broad areas:
- Psychoanalysis/psychodynamic therapy
- Behavior therapy
- Cognitive therapy
- Humanistic therapy
- Integrative/holistic therapy
Benefits of psychotherapy:
Numerous research indicates that psychotherapy is effective in reducing symptoms of mental illnesses and teaching people important life skills to cope with daily stressors. Almost 75% of people who underwent psychotherapy have reported having benefitted from it.
Psychotherapy is not only for those with mental illness. Rather it is for anyone who struggles with their mental health and that is something everyone universally experiences in their lifetime. The main outcome of therapy is the empowerment of the person and help them cope with their symptoms and deal with life stressors.