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What Is Psychotherapy?

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Almost everyone knows the term psychotherapy. They may not be able to spell it first try, nor do they often know exactly what it means. But what is psychotherapy? For starters, it is often called talk therapy. Either way, it is really an umbrella term that refers to treating mental health and substance abuse disorders through talk-based methods. Many different types of talk therapy exist. How psychotherapy is applied also depends on the technique being used, the condition being treated, and the unique needs of a client.

Discover what the psychotherapy program at Serenity Grove can do for you by calling 844.904.3485 or reaching out to us online.

What Is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy aids individuals in modifying behaviors, thoughts, and emotions that cause distress. Typically, therapy is employed to address mental health and substance abuse disorders; however, it can also enhance the quality of life for individuals more broadly. In practical terms, psychotherapy entails a client or individual collaborating with a therapist to tackle a specific problem or set of issues. Moreover, it fosters introspection, encourages personal growth, and empowers individuals to navigate life’s challenges more effectively.

Many different formats and techniques fall under the psychotherapy umbrella. A few of the most common psychotherapy structures include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Couples therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Group therapy

Regardless of which structure is used, talk therapy involves developing a relationship between the therapist and one or more clients, fostering an ongoing dialogue between participants, and collaboratively working through problem areas that impede individuals from achieving a high quality of life. Additionally, it entails building trust, facilitating open communication, and exploring effective strategies for growth and healing. Furthermore, it encourages self-reflection, empowers individuals to take ownership of their mental well-being, and fosters resilience in the face of challenges.

What Is a Psychotherapy Program?

When people hear the term psychotherapy, they may conjure up the classical image of someone reclining on a couch, pouring out their heart while a clinician takes notes. However, talk therapy has evolved significantly since then. Nowadays, it encompasses a much broader range of approaches. Numerous talk therapy techniques are available, each involving various levels of dialogue and discussion. Yet, contemporary psychotherapy is far more interactive and action-oriented than the traditional stereotype suggests.

Many treatment providers offer a talk therapy program. That simply means they have built out a range of psychotherapy options and techniques that people can take advantage of depending on their needs. Two of the most common psychotherapy techniques found in more talk therapy programs are cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and humanistic therapy. Explore each of these elements of a psychotherapy program in more detail below.


CBT is a type of therapy that helps people recognize problematic patterns of thinking or behaving that influence how they experience the world. Psychotherapists often use it to treat phobias, substance abuse disorders, depression, and anxiety. In CBT, a therapist applies cognitive and behavioral techniques to help someone modify negative thoughts and behaviors.

Humanistic Therapy

The humanistic therapy model dates to the 1950s. Carl Rogers was a leading proponent of his client-centered therapy model. This emphasized a therapist displaying unconditional positive regard for a client. Humanistic therapy focuses on maximizing a person’s potential and helping people engage in self-exploration and self-actualization.

Access Mental Health Counseling Services at Serenity Grove

Serenity Grove offers a range of mental health counseling services through our psychotherapy program. No matter the issue you are trying to solve, we have a type of mental health counseling that can meet your needs.

Our psychotherapy program can treat depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and more. Furthermore, therapy can aid in managing trauma and significant life stressors, such as divorce, grief resulting from the loss of a loved one, chronic pain, prolonged illness, and relationship issues.

Getting the most out of our mental health counseling services means entering with the right mindset. Treating mental and emotional issues requires vulnerability and an openness to change. Be honest with your therapist, be open to the process, attend every session, and do the work. Psychotherapy can be life-changing. Find out more by calling us at 844.904.3485 or filling out our online contact form.