Mental Health and Psychotherapy


Psychotherapy is often used either alone or in combination with medication too treat mental illnesses. Called “therapy” for short, the word psychotherapy actually involves a variety of treatment techniques. During psychotherapy, a person with a mental illness talks to a licensed and trained mental health care professional who helps him or her identify and work through the factors that may be triggering the illness.

How Does Psychotherapy Help?

Psychotherapy helps people with a mental disorder to:

  • Understand the behaviors, emotions, and ideas that contribute to his or her illness and learning how to modify them.

  • Understand and identify the life problems or events — like a major illness, a death in the family, a loss of a job, or a divorce — that contribute to their illness and help them understand which aspects of those problems they may be able to solve or improve.

  • Regain a sense of control and pleasure in life.

  • Learn coping techniques and problem-solving skills.

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