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!
  • you will better understand how you see the world and how you feel about people and things.
  • you will better understand the stresses in your life and improve your coping skills.
  • often the act of explaining things out loud will help you see new solutions.
  • or your therapist can help you figure out what you want and keep you on track to fulfill your dreams.

What is it good for?

  • Making tough choices and achieving goals
  • Managing complicated relationships
  • Overcoming 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.
  • But you have to work at it. Be prepared each week to talk about what is most on your mind.
  • Don’t be afraid to go into depth and express how you feel. You’ll be amazed by how much you can learn and grow!

–Dr. Adam