Psychotherapy is the process by which therapists and clients work together to combine the clients’ understanding of themselves and their problems with the therapists’ knowledge and experience in order to resolve problems and reach desired goals.
People sometimes enter therapy when their lives are quite good, but believe life could be better. Numerous studies indicate psychotherapy is effective in the treatment and resolution of a variety of emotional and interpersonal problems, as well as in promoting personal growth and life change.
Problems for which psychotherapy can be particularly helpful include emotional problems (such as depression, anxiety, stress, and trauma), behavioral problems (including aggression, compulsions, addictions, and sexual performance) and relationship problems (for instance partner/marital, family, and friendships).
Psychotherapy can also help people navigate life changes and reach goals for self-improvement.