Who Are Those “Crazy” People Who Go For Psychotherapy And Do They Get Better?

Finding a therapist. Finding a counselor.

Who can psychotherapy help?

Psychotherapy is generally for people who want relief from:

  • feeling continually sad
  • feeling uncomfortably nervous
  • feeling worried a lot
  • feeling overly fearful
  • relationship difficulties (family, romantic, work, friendship relationships)
  • medically-related stress
  • any other stresses
  • the discomfort of being able to take the action they want to take.

How do people find a psychotherapist?

Some ways are:

  • asking someone who has been satisfied with his/her therapy
  • asking a respected community leader such as your physician or clergyperson
  • calling therapists whose name you’ve heard of or who have advertised and seeing if they sound on the phone like someone you’d like to try out
  • after any of the above keeping a scheduled appointment and seeing if the person “feels right”

Am I a dummy or are others confused too about all those terms I’ve been hearing?

YOU’RE NOT A DUMMY! The words used in this field are not clear. Here are some explanations:

  • The term THERAPIST is used interchangeably with PSYCHOTHERAPIST though THERAPIST covers other types of professionals such as physical therapist, massage therapist, etc.
  • For most purposes THERAPIST and COUNSELOR can be used interchangeably.
  • Thus, THERAPY AND COUNSELING can generally be used interchangeably.
  • MENTAL HEALTH does not refer to the absence of talking to voices only. It refers to feeling good emotionally most of the time.

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