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Psychotherapy is a group of treatments used to help patients with psychological disorders and mental distress by using talk therapy. Psychotherapy can control the symptoms caused by mental illness and help the patient lead a better life. Psychotherapy helps in coping with daily life, overcome emotional trauma, dealing with the loss of a loved one, and in mental disorders like depression and anxiety.
Psychotherapy can be given alone or in combination with other medication and therapy. There are many types of psychotherapy, and a psychiatrist uses them depending on the particular illness and circumstances. The main types of psychotherapy are cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy (IPT), dialectical behavior therapy, psychodynamic therapy, psychoanalysis, supportive therapy, animal-assisted therapy, creative arts therapy, and play therapy.
CBT aims in identifying and changing the thinking and behavior patterns that are harmful and replacing them with helpful thoughts and behaviors. It is used to treat anxiety, depression, eating disorder, etc. Interpersonal therapy is a short-term treatment. It mainly helps people understand the underlying issues and troubles. It helps them with unresolved griefs and conflicts between partners, so they learn healthier ways to express their emotions and improve their communication skills. Psychotherapy can be used for both adults and children, and research shows that people who receive psychotherapy experience relief from their symptoms and lead a better life. If you want to know more about psychotherapy and the different therapies employed in it, consult a psychiatrist online.