Psychotherapy Definition

The American Psychological Association (APA) defines psychotherapy as:

“Psychotherapy is the informed and intentional application of clinical methods and interpersonal stances derived from established psychological principles for the purpose of assisting people to modify their behaviors, cognitions, emotions, and/or other personal characteristics in directions that the participants deem desirable” (Norcross, 1990, p. 218-220).

A full definition of “psychotherapy” and the research on the “effectiveness of psychotherapy” can be found by clicking here.

Generally, most people think of psychotherapy or “talk therapy” as a collaborative communication between a trained professional and someone seeking help. You should expect and insist that the trained professional adhere to the ethical and professional standards of the profession, understand the dynamics of human development, and use research findings to support the psychotherapeutic interventions strategies used to help you.

Many people actually enjoy walking down the the psychotherapy path as their journey helps them become much more educated. self-aware, self-confident, and wiser when called upon to cope with the challenges of life.