Psychotherapy is a type of therapy used to treat emotional problems and mental health conditions.
The treatment of a behavior disorders, mental illness, or any other condition by psychological means. Psychotherapy may utilize insight, persuasion, suggestion, reassurance, and instruction so that clients may see themselves and their problems more realistically and have the desire to cope effectively with them.
The therapeutic relationship is the foundation for this method and requires commitment and responsibility from both the psychotherapist and client. The aim is to work together to make sense of clients emotional life and ways of functioning.
Treatment of psychological, emotional, or behaviour disorders through interpersonal communications between the client and therapist. The goal of many modern individual and group therapies is to establish a central relationship of trust in which the client or patient can feel free to express personal thoughts and emotions and thus gain insight into his/her condition and generally share in the healing power of words.
Through non-judgemental understanding and interpretative work within the therapeutic relationship, clients can recognise underlying meanings of conflicts, fantasies and dreams and the way in which thoughts and feelings are expressed and how they are resisted. This is turn enables new choices and fulfilment of the clients unique potential.
The work makes links between present and past as well as emphasising the clients here-and-now experience. Exploration of the conscious and unconscious aspects of the therapeutic relationship (also known as transference and countertransference) makes this work different from other therapies or from talking to a friend.