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Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy involves a trained professional, a psychotherapist, helping another with a psychological problem. This problem may be evident in the person’s behaviour to another or simply subjective, wherein only the one suffering experiences the problem. Psychotherapy involves face to face interactions with the client in a secure and confidential environment. The initial evaluation requires a complete assessment on the psychotherapist's part to gain a deeper understanding of the presented problem. This entails talking about the current problem at hand, life history, and if indicated psychological tests that help formulate a plan for further treatment and management. During this initial period, the client also evaluates the psychotherapist, whether the psychotherapist is someone you are comfortable talking to. The treatment often requires one or more meetings with the therapist per week depending on the nature of the problems presented. The length and duration of therapy may depend primarily on how long it takes to establish a genuine therapeutic relationship, and how much practice the patient needs to unlearn old attitudes and habits and develop new and healthier ones. Who are the like receivers of psychotherapy? • People with a psychotic illness, such as schizophrenic patients. The aim of psychotherapy herein is to help these patients recognise and to help them develop skills to deal more effectively with life stressors and ongoing symptoms. • People with neurosis and personality problems, who find it difficult to cope with daily life problems perhaps due to early life problems that hindered the process of maturation and healthy coping patterns. • People who are in crises or temporarily overwhelmed by current life stressors such as the death of a loved one, loss of a job, etc. • Then there are others with behavioural problems. This includes aggressive, acting out children and adolescents, substance abusers, aggressive and self indulgent spouses etc.

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