Why is psychotherapy?

Also known as talk therapy, psychotherapy offers a way to help those with emotional difficulties and mental illnesses. This treatment allows patients to control or eliminate their troubling symptoms, helping them to function better and increase their well-being.

Some problems that psychotherapy may help with include:

  • The impact of medical illness, trauma, or loss
  • Difficulties coping with daily life
  • Specific mental disorders

There are various types of psychotherapy, with the option chosen for a patient based on the patient’s particular illness, circumstances, and preferences. The different types of psychotherapy include:

  • Interpersonal therapy (IPT)
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Supportive therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy

How does psychotherapy improve healthcare?

Psychotherapy helps patients struggling with various aspects of their life work through these challenges to promote a better quality of life. Psychotherapy sessions are typically conducted on a weekly basis. Some individuals may only need a few sessions, while others with more complex issues may need long-term treatment lasting months or years.

Those who undergo psychotherapy often experience symptom relief and have an easier time with daily living. This treatment helps to improve behaviors and emotions and has been shown to create positive changes in the brain and body, resulting in less disability, fewer sick days, increased work satisfaction, and fewer medical problems.