What is Psychotherapy?

In general, psychotherapy is a relationship in which one person enlists the professional assistance of another for the purpose of bringing about changes in their own feelings, thoughts, attitudes, and/or behavior. The psychotherapist’s task is to help the individuals make the changes they wish to make.

How the psychotherapist goes about helping a client to change will depend upon their training and theoretical orientation. This orientation will affect the therapist’s style, focus, and the methods and techniques used in psychotherapy.