About Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy, a.k.a. Talk Therapy, helps people manage or treat their mental health concerns or emotional difficulties.  Through a professional relationship, the client and psychotherapist work together to make adequate, satisfying, and productive adjustments to the client’s life.  

In individual psychotherapy, client and therapist meet in a private room, typically once a week for about 50 minutes.  Some clients stay in therapy only for a short while (six weeks to a few months) to get support through an immediate crisis or to target a specific concern.  Other clients may choose to see their therapist for many months or even years, especially if they plan to address complex or lifelong issues.  

Psychotherapy can be short-term (a few sessions), dealing with immediate issues, or long-term (months or years), dealing with longstanding and complex issues. The goals of treatment and arrangements for how often and how long to meet are planned jointly by the client and therapist.

Therapy can help people reflect on their behaviors, emotions, and thinking.   Talking things out confidentially with a mental health professional can help individuals improve their insight and coping.  It may be used in combination with medication, healthy lifestyle changes (sleep, exercise, nutrition, etc.), or other therapies and supports.

The beauty of modern day psychotherapy is that clients and therapists get to collaborate to build trust and identify goals for treatment.  Therapy has come a long way from the stereotype of an old guy peering over his glasses at a person lying on a couch (these days most people sit upright.)  It’s a space for exploring and creating possibilities to help create a life that is worth living.

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