What is it?
Psychotherapy is a type of therapy used to treat emotional problems and mental health conditions. It involves talking to a trained therapist, and allows you to look deeper into your problems and worries, and deal with troublesome habits and a wide range of mental disorders.
There are many different types of psychotherapy. The type used will depend on your personal needs and which method your psychotherapist thinks will be most helpful for resolving your issues.
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How does it work?
One of the key objectives of psychotherapy is to help you gain a better understanding of the issues that are troubling you. This may invoIve going back to childhood traumas and experiences. It can help you work out new ways of approaching situations that you find difficult, as well as suggesting new methods to help you cope.
Developing a trusting relationship with your psychotherapist is very important and will help you be able to talk about long-standing problems. However, this can take time.
Depending on the type of psychotherapy you have and the reason you're having it, your treatment may need to last several months.
How can it help me?
Psychotherapy can be used to treat a wide range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety disorders, borderline personality disorder (BPD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), long-term illnesses, eating disorders, such as anoercia nervosa, bulimia and binge-eating, and drug and alcohol misuse.
People with significant emotional problems may also benefit from psychotherapy, including people dealing with stress, bereavement, divorce, redundancy, or relationship problems.