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What Is The Definition Of Therapy?

Dec 9

When you hear the word "therapy", what comes to mind?

The classic image of a patient laying on a couch spewing out his or her deepest, darkest secrets to a therapist who mostly reacts by nodding or writing on a clipboard is likely to come to mind for many people.

You might also think of movie snippets of therapists delving into childhood memories and toxic mother-daughter relationships.

In reality, therapy refers to a wide range of therapeutic activities and interventions aimed at improving general health and well-being.

In honor of National Psychotherapy Day on September 25, the behavioral health team at Health Partnership Clinic wants to dispel these and other myths about therapy so that you can get help if you need it.

Psychotherapy, often known as therapy, is the process of a skilled mental health professional treating mental health issues and behavioral problems through communication, interpersonal aspects, and skill building.

Social skills, relationships, coping with stressors, managing symptoms, addressing beliefs and actions that contribute to symptoms, lifestyle issues, and more are all addressed in therapy.



Psychologists (doctoral level providers) and other master's level providers, such as licensed clinical social workers, are examples of therapists. Individuals who are coping with the following issues may benefit from therapy:

  • Grief/Loss
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition in which a person has difficulty paying attention (ADHD)
  • Bipolar Disorder is a mental illness that affects people
  • Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is a type of depression that (MDD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a type of post-traumatic stress disorder that (PTSD)
  • Family or Relationship Issues
  • Disorders of Personality
  • Suicidal ideation or self-harm
  • Substance abuse, as well as a variety of other issues

The selection of a therapist is a significant decision that should not be taken carelessly. One of the best predictors of a successful therapy outcome is a positive working relationship between the therapist and the patient. When selecting a therapist, keep the following factors in mind:

Personal characteristics

  • Are you more at ease speaking to a man or a woman?
  • Is the therapist's age essential to you?
  • Is the therapist's color, ethnicity, or nationality relevant to you?
  • Is there anything about your personality that makes it difficult for you to work with and/or trust the therapist?

Monetary considerations

  • Is the therapist covered by insurance?
  • Is mental health coverage included in your insurance plan? Is the therapist in-network with your insurance company?
  • Are you willing or able to pay for it yourself? If that's the case, what methods of payment are accepted?
  • Is the therapist willing to provide sliding scale discounts, pro bono treatments, or out-of-network benefits if necessary?

Factors relating to education and licensing

  • Is the therapist licensed to practice in your state right now?
  • Is there any history of the therapist being penalized for inappropriate practice?
  • Inquire about the therapist's education, training, and continuing education.
  • Is the therapist an expert in the problem you're trying to solve?
  • Is the therapist well-versed in working with people from various backgrounds?
  • Is the therapist using an evidence-based approach to therapy?

Factors that influence feasibility

  • Is the site handy to get to, safe, and clean?
  • Are the office hours convenient for you?
  • Is it simple to reach the therapist or other members of the team by phone?
  • Is your preferred language spoken by the therapist and/or staff? Are they able to provide interpretative services if not?

Another thing to think about when picking a therapist is the modality or therapeutic strategy that he or she uses. For particular conditions/problems, different treatment options are indicated.

Furthermore, you may favor one strategy over the other. The frequency of sessions, session length, number of sessions, time commitment, therapist interactions, and patient activities vary among the various modalities.

Determine which technique best suits your needs before beginning therapy. There are various ways to find a therapist in your area, including:

  • Obtaining a list of covered therapists by calling your insurance provider
  • Consult your company's Employee Assistance Program for more information (which may include several therapy sessions free of charge or at a reduced cost)
  • Obtaining personal recommendations from friends or family members, as well as from another health care provider
  • Using websites like to find a therapist

Many therapists utilize evidence-based CBT and brief solution-focused approaches to provide integrated behavioral health care.

Interventions in medical exam rooms are used to address a variety of mental and physical health habits and disorders in this manner. This sort of therapy is not long-term, but occurs in "episodes of care" or "on-demand" when patients visit their primary care provider to discuss medical and psychological concerns.