What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a process by which an individual can gain greater self awareness in order to change how one currently experiences and lives their life and relates to others. Depending on the unique needs of the client, therapy may be used alone, or in conjunction with other treatment modalities. Through the process of psychotherapy one can learn new skills, challenge old beliefs, and remove barriers that hinder personal growth and development. Therapy is helpful with a variety of situations, including difficulties due to significant life events, developmental changes, problems that are interfering with daily living, and mental and physical illness. Therapy can effectively treat depression, anxiety, and numerous other mental health conditions, as well as provide symptom reduction for related physical health symptoms, such as pain and fatigue. Some individuals pursue therapy in order to solve troubles with very specific life issues they are facing. Others may feel comfortable with their lives but wish to increase their general states of well-being. People who are willing to build a collaborative partnership with their therapist and take an active role in their treatment often find relief from distress and begin to lead more productive, fulfilling lives. Therapy has also been found to have health-promoting effects on the body and on the immune system, promoting mind body health and wellness.