What it is

Psychotherapy, although primarily a talk-based therapy, can refer to a variety of treatments. It can help people improve and maintain their mental health, overcome emotional problems, deal with past trauma, as well as treat psychiatric disorders. Psychotherapy can be used to treat conditions such as:

check Anxiety disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, panic disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
check Mood disorders, such as depression or bipolar disorder
check Addictions, such as alcoholism, drug dependence or compulsive gambling
check Eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia

You do not need to be diagnosed with a mental illness to benefit from psychotherapy. Psychotherapy can also help you:

check Resolve conflicts with your partner or someone else in your life
check Relieve anxiety or stress due to work or other situations
check Cope with major life changes, such as divorce, the death of a loved one or the loss of a job
check Learn to manage unhealthy reactions, such as road rage or passive-aggressive behavior
check Sleep better, if you have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep (insomnia)
checkRecover from physical or sexual abuse or witnessing violence