What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy, also known as counseling or talk therapy, is a general term used to describe the treatment of mental health issues through a variety of techniques and methods. Psychotherapy is used to gain insight about a person’s moods, emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. Psychotherapy is often recommended when a person is experiencing problems in their life, relationship, or career or is dealing with a specific mental health concern and these issues are negatively impacting the individual for a long period of time. This therapy also helps instill healthy coping skills and helps people take control of their lives. Oftentimes, psychotherapy is used in conjunction with other treatments, such as medication, behavior management, among others.

How does it work with children?

In addition to talking, psychotherapy with children and adolescents often involves the use of playing, drawing, building, and role-playing as ways of sharing emotions and resolving issues. The patient-therapist relationship is very important, and a trusting environment makes it easier for the child or adolescent to express thoughts and feelings and makes therapy more beneficial.