Q: First of all, what the heck is psychotherapy?

A: Psychotherapy refers to a range of treatments that can help with mental health problems, emotional challenges, and some psychiatric disorders.

It enables people to understand their feelings and what makes them feel positive, anxious, or depressed. A psychotherapist can help you discover alternative ways of thinking, behaving and managing your feelings. 

Q: Psychotherapy, Psychiatry and Psychologist....What are the differences? 

A: Psychotherapists treat people for their emotional problems. They work with individuals, couples, groups, or families. They use various approaches to help patients surmount emotional challenges using a collaborative approach.

Psychiatrists have a medical degree and can prescribe medication

Psychologists have training in psychological testing and perform research protocols. (Psychologists who concentrate on research generally work in academic or research settings.) 

Q: What type of psychotherapy approach do you use? 

A: I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy to help people identify and change thinking and behavior patterns that are harmful or ineffective, replacing them with more accurate thoughts and functional behaviors.

Q: What are benefits of psychotherapy?

A: By working with a psychotherapist you can eliminate or control troubling symptoms and experience increased well-being and healing. You will learn new skills to cope with current challenges and be ready for new ones. 

Q: Do I have to see a psychotherapist for years? 

A: Psychotherapy can be short-term dealing with immediate issues, or long-term dealing with longstanding and complex issues. The goals of treatment and arrangements for how often and how long to meet are planned by the person seeking treatment and their therapist.

Amy Hill, LCSW verified by GoodTherapy.org