Therapy, also known as psychotherapy or "talk therapy," is a treatment approach to help people with a wide variety of mental, emotional, psychiatric, and relationship difficulties. These issues and concerns are also known as "presenting problems." The purpose of therapy is to help alleviate or eliminate uncomfortable symptoms, so individuals, couples, and families can lead happy, healthy, and meaningful lives. Research shows that about 75% of people who undergo therapy benefit from it, feel better, and are able to better function in their lives.
Types of Therapy
Individual Therapy--involves one person, and addresses his/her problems, symptoms, and needs. Therapy sessions focus on learning about one's condition, thoughts, feelings, moods, behaviors, and relationship patterns. The goals of treatment include: being able to appropriately manage one's feelings and behaviors, effectively respond to challenges that arise, heal from past traumas, and resolve conflicts in one's relationships.
Couples Therapy--involves a married couple, premarital couple, or any couple involved in a romantic relationship. Therapy sessions are designed to help couples recognize and resolve conflicts in the relationship, improve the relationship, develop healthier and more secure bonds with each other, overcome traumatic situations from the past, and improve communication. Couples therapy can also be a safe place to discuss decisions such as whether or not to remain in the relationship.
Family Therapy--involves the entire family unit (or parts of the family), in therapy sessions, in order to address problems through a relational context. Family patterns are addressed, communication is improved, and problem-solving is practiced.
Group Therapy--usually involves 3-12 clients (who have similar problems), working with the therapist, in a group setting. Group therapy is typically in conjunction with individual or family therapy. Members of the group benefit not only from working with the therapist, but also from learning from the other members in the group, seeing how they handle difficult situations, and getting feedback from their group members.