Psychotherapy is based on a healing relationship between a health care provider and client. Psychotherapy, or therapy for short, also takes place over a series of meetings. Some people participate in therapy off and on over several years. Psychotherapy considers overall patterns, chronic issues, and recurrent feelings. This requires an openness to exploring the past and its impact on the present. The aim of psychotherapy is to resolve the underlying issues which fuel ongoing complaints. Psychotherapists help to resolve past experiences as part of laying the foundation for a satisfying future.
Psychotherapy has the benefit of giving clients someone to talk to. It can create a new way of looking at difficult problems, and help people move towards a solution. Participants can gain a better understanding of themselves and their own goals and values, and can develop skills for improving relationships. In order for psychotherapy to work, the person must be actively engaged and work during the session as well as between sessions, by practicing new skills, for example.