Overview: Psychotherapy is a type of therapy that is used to assist in the recovery of many mental health conditions. Psychotherapy involves talking to a professionally-trained therapist, normally one-to-one, or sometimes in a group. Psychotherapy will give an individual the opportunity to looks deeper into their problems and worries, or deal with unhelpful habits. Psychotherapy generally sees an individual meet their therapist weekly, for usually a period of months. Sometimes, a long-term course of therapy is needed. Sessions are generally between 30 minutes and an hour.


Therapy can help many people


What is Psychotherapy used for? A range of mental health conditions are helped by psychotherapy. Some of these include:



Who are Psychotherapists?: Psychotherapists are mental health professionals who have been specifically trained to help treat several mental health conditions. They do this by listening to an individual’s problems, finding the cause, and helping them to come up with a solution. It is important to mention that a therapist will be strictly confidential with any information you tell them.


How is Psychotherapy accessed? If you think you are suffering from a mental health condition, it is important that you visit your GP and explain the issue. They will be able to listen to your problems and make a determination of what course to take. If psychotherapy is beneficial, they will refer you to a local, NHS-backed organisation that provides psychotherapy. They will contact you, where therapy can be arranged.



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Types of Psychotherapy: There are many different types of psychotherapy. Some of the most used are:


  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): This type of therapy explores the link between thoughts, behaviour and feelings. A therapist will help you learn skills that can enable your style of thinking to improve, and to subsequently be able to deal with negative thoughts in more positive ways.
  • Psychoanalytic Therapy: In this type of therapy, an individual will be encouraged to say what is going through their mind, which can make hidden feelings and patterns be realised. These thoughts can sometimes contribute to your problems.


While there are other types of psychotherapy, such as group therapy, the above two forms are the most common. The type of therapy that is used will depend on which is most suitable for you – based on the problems facing you.


Psychotherapy can help you begin your recovery from mental health problems