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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 psychotherapy 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 helps people change behaviors, thoughts, and emotions that cause them distress. Often, psychotherapy is used to treat mental health and substance abuse disorders, though it can also be helpful to people more generally for improving their quality of life. In practice, psychotherapy involves a client or individual working with a therapist to address a specific problem or set of issues.

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, psychotherapy involves developing a relationship between the therapist and one or more clients, creating an ongoing dialogue between participants, and working through problem areas that hold people back from a high quality of life.

What Is a Psychotherapy Program?

When people hear the term psychotherapy, they may imagine the classical image of someone reclining on a couch, bearing their soul while a clinician takes notes. But psychotherapy is much broader than that nowadays. Many different psychotherapy techniques exist. All of them still involve talking and discussion to at least some extent. But today’s psychotherapy is much more interactive and action-oriented than that traditional stereotype.

Many treatment providers offer a psychotherapy 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 psychotherapy 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. It is often used in treating 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. In addition, psychotherapy can help you cope with trauma and major life stressors such as divorce, grief from the loss of a loved one, chronic pain or prolonged illness, and relationship problems.

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.