Psychotherapy is a general term referring to therapeutic interaction or treatment contracted between a trained professional and a client, patient, family, couple, or group. The problems addressed are psychological in nature and of no specific kind or degree, but rather depend on the specialty of the practitioner.
Psychotherapy aims to increase the individual’s sense of his/her own well-being. Psychotherapists employ a range of techniques based on experiential relationship building, dialogue, communication and behavior change that are designed to improve the mental health of a client or patient, or to improve group relationships (such as in a family).
Psychotherapy helps people with a mental disorder:
– Understand the behaviors, emotions, and ideas that contribute to his or her illness and learning how to modify them.
– Understand and identify the life problems or events like a major illness, a death in the family, a loss of a job, or a divorce that contribute to their illness and help them understand which aspects of those problems they may be able to solve or improve.
– Regain a sense of control and pleasure in life.
– Learn coping techniques and problem-solving skills.