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.
  • Make sure to put what you learn into practice between appointments.
  • You’ll be amazed by how much you can learn and grow!

–Dr. Adam