Psychotherapy refers to the treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioral disturbances and disorders using psychological methods. Psychotherapy encompasses a diverse range of techniques used to help people solve problems, achieve goals, change behavior, and manage their lives by treating a variety of mental health issues.
Psychotherapy comes in many forms ranging from working with individual adults, children, or adolescents to involving entire families, couples, or extended family members. While there are many different types of psychotherapy, they share an emphasis on good communication as a key tool for success, the importance of the therapeutic relationship, and active efforts and commitment by the patient to address relevant problems.
Depending on the needs of the patient, psychotherapy may be used alone or in conjunction with other therapies and treatment methods. Many treatment studies suggest that psychotherapy in combination with other treatments and evaluation methods can yield the best results for many patients.
In responding to requests for services, we do not use a “clinic” model in which we simply assign patients to the next available clinician. Rather we use a “specialty” model whereby patients are matched with specific services based on patient needs, research on treatment effectiveness, and associated areas of clinical expertise. For example, many people seek out psychotherapy services with an expectation of receiving individual psychotherapy. However, research on treatment outcomes suggests that group psychotherapy may be equally effective or superior in some cases to individual psychotherapy, and thus may be the treatment of choice. Similarly, research demonstrates that people often benefit from multiple services simultaneously or interventions which may be recommended in sequence.