Psychotherapy is the treatment of mental illness and behavioral disturbances. Psychologists have the training and clinical skills to help people learn to cope more effectively with life issues and mental health problems. We are all licensed to provide a number of services, including evaluations and psychotherapy. Psychologists help by using a variety of techniques based on the best available research and while taking into consideration the individual’s unique values,characteristics, goals and circumstances.
Practicing psychologists use an assortment of evidence-based treatments to help people improve their lives. There are many different styles of therapy, but the psychologist will choose the type that best addresses the person’s problem and best fits the patient’s characteristics and preferences. Some common types of therapy are cognitive, behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, humanistic, psychodynamic or a combination of a few therapy styles.
Psychotherapy can help a wide variety of people and can treat many kinds of problems. Some people seek therapy because they have felt depressed, angry, or anxious, or want help for a chronic condition that is interfering with their lives or physical health. Others may have short-term problems they want help navigating, such as feeling overwhelmed by a new job feeling or grieving the death of a family member. Psychologists can help people learn to cope with stressful situations, overcome addictions, manage their chronic illnesses and resolve barriers that keep them from reaching their goals.
Practicing psychologists are also trained to administer and interpret a number of tests and assessments that can help diagnose a condition or tell more about the way a person thinks, feels, and behaves. These tests may evaluate intellectual skills, cognitive strengths and weaknesses, vocational aptitude and preference, personality characteristics, and neuropsychological functioning.