What Is Therapy?
Therapy, used interchangeably with Psychotherapy, or "talk therapy" is a treatment for psychological problems in which therapists and clients work together to understand problem and come up with plans for fixing them. Psychotherapy is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between an individual and a therapist. Therapists apply research-based techniques to help people develop more effective habits. In addition, therapists teach people strategies and gives them tools to deal with stress and unhealthy thoughts and behaviors. Therapy helps clients manage their symptoms better and function at their best in everyday life.
There are several approaches to therapy, including cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal and psycho-dynamic, among others, that help people work through their problems. Therapists are licensed mental health professionals (LCSW, MFT, Psychologist or Psychiatrist) who provide a supportive environment that allows you to talk openly with someone who is objective, neutral and nonjudgmental. Most therapy focuses on individuals, although psychotherapists also work with couples, families and groups.
Sometimes therapy alone may be the best treatment for a person, depending on the illness and its severity. Other times, psychotherapy is combined with medications. Therapists work with an individual or families to devise an appropriate treatment plan.