Psychotherapy is a type of therapy used to treat emotional problems and mental health conditions.
It involves talking to a trained therapist, either one-to-one, in a group or with your wife, husband or partner. It allows you to look deeper into your problems and worries and deal with troublesome habits and a wide range of mental disorders, such as depression and anxiety.
Psychotherapy usually involves talking (although sometimes other methods may be used – for example, art, music, drama and movement). Psychotherapy can help you to discuss feelings you have about yourself and other people, particularly family and those close to you. In some cases, couples or families are offered joint therapy sessions together. A therapist will treat sessions as confidential. This means you can trust them with information that may be personal or embarrassing.
Psychotherapy can be used to treat a wide range of mental health conditions, including:
• Eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia
• Borderline personality disorder (BPD)
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Anxiety disorders
• Long-term illness
• Drug misuse