Psychotherapy is “a talk-based therapy and is intended to help people improve and maintain their mental health and well-being[1]. It involves “a psychotherapeutic relationship where [the therapist and the client] work together to bring about positive change in the client’s thinking, feeling, behaviour and social functioning. Individuals usually seek psychotherapy when they have thoughts, feelings, moods and behaviours that are adversely affecting their day-to-day lives, relationships and the ability to enjoy life.”[2]

There are many therapeutic models which can be used in psychotherapy and your therapist will discuss this with you to explore which one is best for you. Examples of therapeutic models include cognitive and behavioural, experiential, exposure, psychodynamic and psychoanalytic, humanistic, somatic, solution-focused and motivational.  Sometimes it is appropriate to use a combination of approaches to address your specific needs, resulting in an integrative or holistic approach.

The important thing to remember is that engaging in psychotherapy is your choice.  Your autonomy is an important aspect of treatment and before starting any treatment, your therapist will discuss with you the benefits, risks and expected possible outcomes of treatment to obtain your consent. You will be able to explore and agree upon the therapeutic plan that is best for you.  You will be respected and provided a safe and confidential space to improve upon your mental health and wellness.

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