• Rane Wallace, MS, LPC, LCDC, SAP

What is Counseling, Mental Health Therapy, Psychotherapy and Talk Therapy? - Part 1

Updated: May 31

So, you have thought about attending counseling and uncertain about whether you should attend therapy with a therapist or not. Besides, what is the difference in counseling, mental health therapy, psychotherapy, behavioral health therapy, talk therapy, etc. This is Part One of a 3 part series to help guide you so that you can have learn more helpful information about the counseling process. In this article, we discuss more about what therapy is. In Part Two, we will discuss The Benefits of Attending Therapy with a Counselor and Therapist. The 3rd part of this series will discuss What To Expect At Your First Therapy Session at Fort Wellness Counseling in Fort Worth, TX.

According to the Mayo Clinic, psychotherapy is a general term for treating mental health problems by talking with a mental health professional. Mental health professionals include Licensed Professional Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Social Workers, and several others. According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is a way to help those struggling with a broad variety of mental illnesses and emotional difficulties. Psychotherapy can help eliminate or control undesirable symptoms so you can function better and can increase well-being and healing.

While attending counseling, you learn more about your mental health and emotional well-being, emotions, thoughts and behaviors. Psychotherapy can benefit you by learning how to take control of your life and respond to difficult situations with healthy behaviors. Psychotherapy is also frequently referred to as talk therapy, counseling, psychosocial therapy, or simply, therapy.

Psychotherapy can be helpful in order to treat mental health problems, which includes; addiction (substance dependence, alcoholism, compulsive gaming or gambling), anxiety disorders (includes Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Phobias, panic disorder or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD), eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia, mood disorders (which includes depression and bipolar disorder), and personality disorders (such as borderline personality disorder or narcissistic personality disorder).

You do not have to be diagnosed with a mental health disorder in order to benefit from therapy. In fact, practically everyone can benefit from it! Counseling has been proven to be effective with a number of life’s stresses and can impact everyone. Therapy has the potential to be beneficial for everyone. It can help you with resolving conflict, relieve anxiety or stress, cope with major life changes, learn how to manage unhealthy reactions, come to terms with an ongoing mental health or physical health problem, recover from sexual problems, sleep better and several other benefits. Research shows that the more you personally invest into therapy, the more likely that you are to get something out of it. If you still have questions regarding what therapy is, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more helpful information.

If you are considering therapy, we would highly encourage you to just give it a chance. You would be surprised at how often we hear, "that was so much better than I thought it was going to be." You do not have to commit to anything but to attend just one session.

Fort Wellness counseling provides mental health treatment in Fort Worth that includes: Individual Therapy, Pre-Marital Counseling, Couples Counseling, Psychotherapy, Substance Abuse Therapy, and Substance Abuse Evaluations by a Substance Abuse Professional for employees that have violated a Department of Transportation drug and alcohol program regulation. To learn more about Fort Wellness Counseling, please visit our Counseling Services and check out the rest of our website and official Facebook page. For further information about therapy, you can visit our FAQ section and check out some other articles on our blog that you might find helpful. If you are ready to schedule a session, you can book an appointment online easily by visiting our booking page.

Three Part Series on Therapy:

This is Part 1 of a 3 part series to help guide you so you can learn more helpful information about the counseling process. In Part Two, we discuss The Benefits of Attending Therapy with a Counselor and Therapist. Part 3 is about What To Expect at Your First Therapy Session at Fort Wellness Counseling in Fort Worth, TX.


  1. Mayo Clinic

  2. American Psychiatric Association (APA)

  3. Addiction - Psychology Today

  4. Anxiety - Psychology Today

  5. Eating Disorders - Psychology Today

  6. Depression & Mood Disorders - Psychology Today

  7. Personality Disorders - Psychology Today

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