Psychotherapy is a general term for resolving day to day life challenges or addressing mental health concerns by talking with a psychologist. During psychotherapy you can learn about your adopted behavioral patterns and the mechanisms involved that often lead to a dysfunctional relationship or situation. Psychotherapy also facilitates understanding your condition and your moods, feelings, thoughts and behaviors. You are also guided to take control of your life and respond to challenging situations with healthy coping skills that will bring the desired results. Psychotherapy is also known as talk therapy, counseling or simply therapy. Psychotherapy can be used to help adopt better behavioral patterns which will lead to more satisfying and gratifying personal or professional relationships, loving marriages, better parent-child relationships. Usually people who have undergone psychotherapy they have a greater repertoire of functional reactions to life challenges and obstacles which follows them throughout their lives. Clients often state that they have a lifetime “toolbox” which helps them “fix” their problems throughout their lives. They feel as if they have given themselves a very important gift.

Psychotherapy is a very powerful instrument in achieving self realization but can also help treating most mental health problems including:

  • Anxiety disorders, such as OCD, phobias, panic disorder and post traumatic stress disorder.
  • Mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder.
  • Eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia
  • Schizophrenia and other disorders that can cause detachment from reality (psychotic disorder).

Psychotherapy can also help overcome a number of the life’s stresses and conflicts that can affect everyone. It is helpful for:

  • Resolving conflicts with a partner or someone else in your life.
  • Relieve anxiety or stress due to work or other situations.
  • Cope with major life changes, such as divorce, the death of a loved one or loss of job.
  • Learn to manage unhealthy reactions such as road rage or passive aggressive behavior.
  • Come to terms with a chronic or serious physical health problem.
  • Recover from emotional, physical or sexual abuse or witnessing violence.
  • Overcome sexual disfunction, such as erectile disfunction and inability to reach an orgasm.
  • Sleep disorders, if you have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep.
  • In some cases psychotherapy can be as effective as medication such as antidepressants. However, in some more advanced cases therapy might not be enough to alleviate the symptoms of a mental condition. In this case it will have to be combined with medication or hypnotherapy.