Therapy is a method of treatment. It’s actually a rather generic term, and so you find all sorts of therapies out there in the world: massage therapy, physical therapy, psychotherapy, and even very esoteric therapies such as aromatherapy. Psychotherapy, which is my profession, is regulated, meaning that only licensed professionals can practice psychotherapy.
First and foremost, psychotherapy is a method of treating mental disorders, such as Major Depressive Disorder, or Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Only a psychotherapist can diagnose and treat a mental disorder. In practice, most people in therapy do not have a diagnosable mental disorder. For instance, most of us have ups and downs, and some people may choose to see a therapist for help for that, but that does not mean they have Bi-polar Disorder.
Secondly, psychotherapy is powerful method of self-exploration, which leads to personal growth. Many people find that they have an increase in confidence, a reduction in feelings of shame, and a greater freedom to live the life they want.
Most clients in my practice are after a combination of both. They want a reduction in pain and symptoms, regardless if they have a diagnosis or not, and they want greater peace of mind. Psychotherapy is a great tool to help people reach those goals.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist