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Psychotherapy aims to help clients gain insight into their emotional distress and/or mental health issues, establish a greater understanding of their motivation, and enable them to find more appropriate ways of coping or bringing about changes in their thinking and behaviour.

Psychotherapy involves exploring feelings, beliefs, thoughts and relevant events, sometimes from childhood and personal history, in a structured way with someone trained to help clients do it safely.

Depending on the nature of the client’s problem, therapy can be short or long term. Sessions can be provided for adults, adolescents, and children on a one-to-one basis, or for couples, families, and within groups whose members share similar problems.

A psychotherapist will encourage clients to talk and explore their feelings and experiences.

Depending on their training and modality, the therapist may also suggest particular techniques as part of that exploration - for example, using art, imaging, dream or movement work.

Sourced from: UK Council for Psychotherapy

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