Psychotherapy it a big term and brings up many thoughts and ideas for people that may keep them from getting the help they need. Sometimes people connect better to terms like counselling or therapy which is what we tend to use in our practice and at times we just call it "a chat". There are as many definitions to psychotherapy as there are approaches to psychotherapy and far too many to try and go through here. We have provided a few definitions for you here (Google has a lot more).
Psychotherapy is a way of supporting you and/or your loved ones through struggles that life may bring. These struggles may be troubling behaviours, bothersome thought, difficult relationships, hard to manage emotions, mental illness or diagnosed mental health concerns. Through a trusting relationship with a therapist, a safe space is developed where people can feel heard and respected. This safe space gives people the opportunity to learn and gain a better understanding themselves and others. It is a place to learn new skills, learn new choices, learn to regulate emotions, learn new ways of interacting and develop different ways of thinking and behaving to manage the struggles and be more satisfied in the life.
The Mayo Clinic:
Psychotherapy is a general term for treating mental health problems by talking with a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health provider.
During psychotherapy, you learn about your condition and your moods, feelings, thoughts and behaviors. Psychotherapy helps you learn how to take control of your life and respond to challenging situations with healthy coping skills.
There are many types of psychotherapy, each with its own approach. The type of psychotherapy that's right for you depends on your individual situation. Psychotherapy is also known as talk therapy, counseling, psychosocial therapy or, simply, therapy. (www.mayoclinic.org)
The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario:
Psychotherapy is primarily a talk-based therapy and is intended to help people improve and maintain their mental health and well-being. Registered Psychotherapists work with individuals, couples and families in individual and group settings. Psychotherapy occurs when the Registered Psychotherapist (RP) and client enter into a psychotherapeutic relationship where both work together to bring about positive change in the client’s thinking, feeling, behaviour and social functioning. Individuals usually seek psychotherapy when they have thoughts, feelings, moods and behaviours that are adversely affecting their day-to-day lives, relationships and the ability to enjoy life. (https://www.crpo.ca)
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