What Is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy, or therapy for short, is the opportunity to talk your problems over on a regular—typically weekly—basis with a mental health professional like me. So, you could call it talk therapy, as opposed to medication therapy or any other kind of treatment.

It’s like talking to a friend or family member who . . .

  • happens to be a great listener who stays focused on you, letting you expand on things without ever taking the conversation off in their own direction.
  • has no agenda other than to help you thrive and be happy.
  • has expertise in the areas you’re struggling with.
  • who will support you and give you the benefit of the doubt but also knows when to challenge you if you’re being shortsighted.

Talking to a psychotherapist can help because . . .

  • when you share your woes, you’ll often find that pain shared is pain halved—or less!
  • just the act of explaining things out loud can help you see new solutions.
  • a therapist can help you understand how you perceive the world and how you feel about people and things.
  • a therapist can help you understand the stresses in your life and build better coping skills.
  • ultimately a therapist can help you grow, make better choices, and make progress in life.

What is it good for?

  • Tough life choices, complicated relationships, and problematic feelings like anxiety, depression, and anger.

Does it work?

  • Many people find it helpful as shown by a number of well-designed studies or just by asking a few friends.
  • Therapy may be right for you, if you’re someone who is willing to talk, open up, and learn things about yourself.

–Dr. Adam