What is Psychotherapy?
Going down through the yellow pages you find the term Psychotherapy in a multitude of different categories. Now you are scratching your head trying to figure out, What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a term which is very general in function. It basically indicates therapeutic counseling using psychological means to help a client change their feeling or behaviors. This broad definition is why you may find the term used in many sections of the yellow pages. In most states you can claim to be a Psychotherapist if you are trained in Psychology, Psychiatry, Counseling, Social Work, or in many different forms of therapy including music therapy, art therapy, and many more. This adds to the great confusion by many people seeking counseling and help.
In some states and countries the definition has begun to narrow, allowing only Psychologists and Psychiatrists to claim the title of Psychotherapist. Whichever direction your state or country has decided to go, the important thing is understanding the help you are seeking, and asking the questions before you start your sessions.
What is psychotherapy going to do for you? If you are struggling with stress, overcoming an addiction, or even working to improve your performance a Psychotherapist can be a huge edge. They are going to work with you in exploring your thoughts, being your confidant, and giving you advice on methods you can use for improving your life.
A Psychotherapists role is to establish a close, bonded relationship with you. They are going to be your partner in solving life’s problems, not just a Doctor who is prescribing a treatment. They want to know the intricacies of your life, and need you to feel relaxed and comfortable with sharing even the most negative aspects of your life. If you want the greatest amount of benefit you need to be willing to bear your soul, and pour out your real frustrations, challenges, and desires. When you keep things hidden from the therapist it makes their job difficult, and your benefits will be greatly reduced.
If you want to try a session with a Psychotherapist, first take a little time to call around and find out a little about them. Ask what their formal training is. You may want a therapist who is a trained Psychologist, or if you are trying to overcome an addiction, you may prefer a therapist who has overcome your own challenges, and has taken training to be a qualified counselor. Ask if there is any options for a low cost, or free initial consultation to make sure you are both a good fit for each other. Some therapists offer this service, others will not.
What is Psychotherapy’s part going to play in changing your life? It is the catalyst to help you discover the changes you need to make, to uncover what is blocking your path, and to find the confidence to overcome life’s challenges. Having someone you can share anything with, and then get feedback, can be very freeing and enlightening. If you feel the walls of stress and life closing in around you, visiting with a qualified Psychotherapist can help you get back on track.