How Does Psychotherapy Help?

Psychotherapy helps people to:

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


Who can benefit from Psychotherapy?

People seek therapy for many different reasons, usually when they are not happy with aspects of their lives. They may lack a sense of well-being, or have a desire for greater self-knowledge and insight into the causes of their distress. Therapy provides a confidential setting in which emotional difficulties can be explored.

The list below indicates some of the range of difficulties that people come with.

  • anxiety, stress, panic attacks,
  • depression, irritability,
  • work-related difficulties,
  • eating disorders, such as bulimia and anorexia nervosa
  • identity and trans-cultural issues,
  • effects of abuse, whether emotional, physical or sexual
  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • personality disorder, sexuality and gender,
  • alcoholism and other substance misuse
  • family and relationships, pregnancy and parenting
  • loss, bereavement and grief
  • phobias and obsessions
  • suicidal feelings
  • emotionally-related health problems
  • effects of racism, homophobia, discrimination and social exclusion

Therapy involves evaluating your thoughts and behaviours, identifying stresses that contribute to your condition, and working to modify both.