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Everything you need to know about Psychotherapy

Updated: Feb 8

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a form of mental health treatment to help individuals deal with their emotional difficulties. It can also be known as talking therapy and can be used to treat a wide range of mental health illnesses.

There are many different approaches of psychotherapy such as Person Centred/ humanistic, Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Each therapy has its own benefits and usually a fully qualified psychologist will practice as an ‘integrative therapist’ which means they are qualified in all different approaches so can adjust the approach dependant on the client’s needs or wishes.

What are the benefits of Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy aims to help clients to develop positive relationship skills, understand their own personal goals, boost their self- esteem or self- confidence, provide them with strategies to change negative thoughts to more positive ones, developing their self- awareness, accept or overcome previous struggles and improve overall mood.

How can I practice Psychotherapy as a Profession?

Many professions practice psychotherapy, the highest qualified- level practitioner who practices psychotherapy is a Psychologist or a Psychiatrist. Counsellors and Psychotherapists also practice psychotherapy but unlike Psychologists or Psychiatrists they are unable to diagnose and may not be integrative into different approaches.

The most important thing when wanting to practice psychotherapy or receive psychotherapy is that the therapist is fully licensed and accredited by one of the following governing bodies; RCPsych (Psychiatrists), HCPC (Psychologists), BABCP (Psychotherapists/ Cognitive Behavioural Therapists), UKCP (Psychotherapists/ Counsellors), BACP (Psychotherapists/ Counsellors).


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