What is Therapy?

Therapy, also called psychotherapy or counseling, is an activity by which you meet with a therapist to work on problems in your life. These problems can be wide ranging from relationships, behaviors, life decisions, traumatic experiences, bereavement as well as bodily symptoms such as panic. Therapy may also be used by people seeking self-improvement and growth unaccompanied by any specific problem, because you just want to be the best version of yourself, whether it’s seeking life purpose or seeking to understand yourself better. Ultimately beginning therapy can be a big step toward being the healthiest version of yourself and living the best life possible.

This activity of therapy is primarily based on talking to explore thoughts and feelings in relationship with the therapist who is skilled, through training and experience, in helping people resolve these types of problems. Therapy does not offer medication or diagnose mental health issues, although those maybe sought alongside therapy through a psychiatrist and/or a psychologist. The therapist may use a variety of tools or techniques based on their own training and skills to help you during the process. There are a number of types of therapy types (called modalities) of therapies which therapist have trained in, popular therapies include CBT, Person Centered, Psychodynamic, Existential or Integrative therapy. Although these modalities differ in theoretical approach, or what they believe helps clients change, they all universally agree that the relationship between the client and therapist is the foundation for a good outcome regardless of the modality they practice. Therapy may be provided either individually, between you and a therapist, as a couple, in a group or as a family, called individual, couples, group and family therapy respectively.

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