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Psychotherapy is a wide-ranging term encompassing numerous healing and treatment practices that aim to help a person identify and reduce the impact of challenging emotions, thoughts, and behaviors.1 Psychotherapy is widely recognized as a legitimate and beneficial healing practice.2 Although exploring certain feelings and experiences can feel uncomfortable and sometimes painful, there’s typically little risk when working with a skilled and licensed therapist.3 The term “psychotherapy” is often used interchangeably with “therapy,” “talk therapy,” or “counseling.”


  1. National Institute of Mental Health. (2016, November). Psychotherapies. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health.
  2. Wampold, B. E. (2019). Theories of Psychotherapy Series.The basics of psychotherapy: An introduction to theory and practice (2nd ed.). American Psychological Association.
  3. Mayo Clinic. (2016, March). Psychotherapy.

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    Coherence therapy, formerly known as depth-oriented brief therapy (DOBT), is a type of psychotherapy that derives from depth psychology, which refers to the study of the unconscious aspects of the human experience.

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    Ego-State Therapy: An Overview

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    Hakomi Therapy: Overview and Effectiveness

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    Gestalt Therapy: Background, Principles, and Benefits

    Gestalt therapy is an integrative, client-centered, present-focused, embodied, and relational form of psychotherapy that aims to help clients increase their levels of awareness; claim responsibility for and accept the consequences of their actions; generate confidence in their abilities to make healthy choices; and release negative emotions, feelings, and life patterns.

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