Psychotherapy is a general term for treating mental health problems by talking with a psychologist or other mental health provider. Rather than being an advice-giver, a major part of the professional role of the therapist is to facilitate the awareness, growth and psychological development of the patient. It is the therapist’s responsibility to establish the boundaries of the therapy situation. This includes providing a comfortable safe environment and establishing a warm, caring therapeutic culture.
During psychotherapy, you become more aware of your moods, feelings, thoughts and behaviors, and you come to better understand the relationships between your experiences, past and present. Psychotherapy helps you respond to challenging situations with healthier coping skills and greater flexibility.