What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a general term referring to therapeutic treatment between a trained therapist and a client, patient, family, or couple. The problems addressed in psychotherapy are psychological in nature, as opposed to physical, and of no specific kind or degree. Psychotherapy is capable of effectively addressing many different kinds of emotional problems, ranging from mild depression, relationship and work problems, to disorders that seriously prevent someone from leading a happy, functional life. Whereas treatments such as drug therapy treat emotional problems from a medical and neurological perspective, psychotherapy is primarily a psychological treatment that uses the medical perspective along with a several other perspectives on the mind and brain to treat a problem. Psychotherapy is therefore a more diversified and open form of treatment for emotional disorders than many other forms of treatment.
There are many different orientations or approaches within the psychotherapy field, including the psychodynamic or psychoanalytic perspective, the cognitive behavioural perspective, interpersonal therapy, behaviour therapy, gestalt therapy, and so on. As the approaches differ in important ways, the kind of psychotherapy someone chooses is a personal preference, although in general, shorter term or time-limited psychotherapy such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) are often preferred for more recent and concrete problems (death of a relative, job loss, etc) while psychotherapy such as the psychodynamic approach is better for longer term and more vague issues such as depression, anxiety and anger.
Psychotherapy in Toronto: Andrew Guthrie
In my own Toronto therapy practice near Yorkville and Bay Station I conduct therapy for children, psychotherapy for youth, marriage counseling, teen therapy, and family therapy.
Having such a diverse practice reflects the depth of my education at two Toronto psychotherapy institutes (child, teen and adult) as well as my years of university training at the University of Toronto. My practice began in 2002, and has included working at the Hincks Dellcrest Centre, The Willow Centre, The Durham Children’s Aid Society, and my own private practice since 2008.
If you are considering initiating psychotherapy, the first step is a brief telephone consultation where we discuss the challenges you face and what your needs are therapeutically, before organizing a time to meet for an initial session. If you have any questions about me or the therapy and assessments I provide, please contact me today for a free, no obligation consultation.