Psychotherapy is a general term for a range of different types of therapy, such as:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy —focuses on how thoughts affect feelings and behavior
  • Interpersonal therapy—focuses on interaction with others and current relationship problems
  • Psychodynamic therapy—focuses on childhood experiences, internal conflicts, and problematic thoughts or feelings about yourself

The emphasis is on the relationship between patient and therapist. The goal is to reduce symptoms and improve functioning.

Managing Mental Health Concerns
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Mental health concerns may be caused by a combination of physiological and emotional triggers. Psychotherapy can help patients cope by decreasing the effects of emotional triggers.
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Psychotherapy can be used for a range of mental health conditions, such as:

Mental health conditions can negatively affect your relationships and life. The goal of working with a therapist is to reduce your risk of:

  • Emotional pain
  • Relationship conflicts
  • Doing poorly at work
  • Drug use
  • Suicidal thoughts or attempts—It is important to remember that, if left untreated, mental health conditions like depression can lead to suicide.

Psychotherapy can also be helpful if you are facing difficult challenges, like:

  • Dealing with the loss of a loved one
  • Coping with a serious illness or traumatic event

Psychotherapy can improve your symptoms and help you to function better. By working with your therapist, you will gain insight and coping skills.