Psychotherapy is a form of talking therapy meant to help you address various issues that present emotional and psychological burden in your life. These issues will usually stem from what view a person has of themselves, others and the world around them. A psychotherapist will help you unravel and challenge them.
People build the view of themselves, others and the world from the day they are born and throughout their lives. Sometimes these views (frames of reference) can be more or less distorted and can, as such, present a problem to the individual. Such problems will show themselves in the way a person sees and treats themselves and also in the relationships they develop with others or the views they have of the world. Often times such misconceptions derive from childhood and therefore need to be updated and aligned.
Through psychotherapy a person is able to challenge such distorted beliefs, put them in perspective and align them to reality. A person learns to indicate thoughts, feelings and behaviour that is not aligned with reality and can pose damaging to themselves and the relationships they engage in. Psychotherapeutic process is a process of aligning such beliefs.
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What are the forms of psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy can take a form of individual therapy, group therapy session or couples therapy.
Individual therapy will consist of therapist and client (sometimes also referred to as a patient) working together in helping the client change their beliefs. Psychotherapist will often use the relationship between him/her and the client for reaching the change the client wants to achieve in other significant relationships.
Group therapy will base group dynamics as the base for attaining change in personal growth of group members. The psychotherapist will act as the leader of the therapy group. The relationships in the group will usually mirror relationships clients have in their lives with other people and will, therefore, be able to serve as lever for change in therapy setting.
Couples therapy is dedicated to relationships between partners (either husband and wife or any other intimate relationship).
What is psychotherapy used for?
There are a variety of mental issues, disorders and difficulties that psychotherapy can address. Some of the most common are:
Abuse, Addiction, Aging, Anger, Anxiety, Bereavement, Greif and Loss, Career, Cultural Issues, Death and Dying, Depression, Eating Disorders, General Counselling, Life Skills, Mental Health Issues, Obsessive Compulsive Issues, Panic Attacks, Personal Development, Personal Growth, Phobias, Post-traumatic Stress, Redundancy, Relationships and Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Self-harm, Sex Related Issues, Sexual Addiction, Sexual Identity, Sexuality, Stress, Suicidal Feelings, Trauma, Trauma, Work Related Issues
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