You’ve heard the statement “Talking about it helps!” and you’ve probably said it to someone yourself. Psychotherapy, also know as “talk therapy” says that is true and is a method used to treat people with mental disorders by helping them understand their illness.

There is a wide-range of psychotherapy treatments in use today, some of which have had more scientific research and testing than others and the various methods are used for different types of mental illness. In the practice of psychotherapy, psychologists apply scientifically validated procedures to help people develop healthier and more effective habits. The treatment is a collaborative effort between therapist and patient which is grounded in transparent dialogue.

The therapist provides the patient with a supportive environment, allowing the patient the ability to talk openly with someone who is objective, neutral and non-judgemental. By speaking openly to the therapist, it gives both the patient and the therapist an understanding of the patient’s thought and behavioural patterns and allows for patient and therapist to work together to identify areas where change is required.

People often feel reluctant to see a psychotherapist due to many misconceptions about the practice however, psychotherapy is an effective method of treating various mental illnesses and disorders such as depression, anxiety, anger or other chronic mental illnesses that affect work and family life such as bipolar and schizophrenia, among others. To see how else psychotherapy can help you, visit Karmen’s services pages.

Karmen provides adolescent therapy, couples therapy and family therapy and draws eclectically from various theories in order to provide customers with a case specific program.