Psychotherapy, also called therapy or counseling is the process of meeting with a therapist to
resolve a problem, or relationship issue, or to gain support and healing for a previous trauma,
painful feelings, depression or anxiety, or unhealthy behaviors. Counseling can occur with an
individual, child, couple or family. There are many different approaches and types of
psychotherapy and therapists vary in their training and orientation. It is important to seek out
a therapist who creates an environment that feels comfortable for you and where you feel
listened to without criticism or judgement. In the first session, the therapist will explore with
you your concerns and goals and ask questions about your personal history. This is also an
opportunity for you to ask questions about your therapist and his/her training and orientation.
If you and your therapist feel like a good fit, then together you will develop goals for your
treatment. Therapy will require your active involvement in your treatment process and it can
stir up uncomfortable feelings, such as sadness, guilt, anger or fear. Ultimately, though, the
goal of all forms of psychotherapy is to decrease feelings of distress, improve relationships and
create a greater sense of wellbeing.