• Rane Wallace, MS, LPC, LCDC, SAP

What is Psychotherapy, Talk Therapy, Counseling, and Mental Health Therapy?

Updated: 3 days ago

So, you have thought about attending individual counseling and uncertain about whether you should attend psychotherapy or not. Besides, what is the difference in individual counseling, mental health therapy, psychotherapy, behavioral health therapy, talk therapy, etc.

According to the Mayo Clinic, psychotherapy is a general term for treating mental health problems by talking with a psychiatrist, psychologist or mental health provider. Mental health providers include Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Nurse Practitioners, etc. According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is a way to help people with a broad variety of mental illnesses and emotional difficulties. Psychotherapy can help eliminate or control troubling symptoms so a person can function better and can increase well-being and healing.

While attending psychotherapy, you learn about your condition and your moods, feelings, thoughts and behaviors. Psychotherapy can benefit you by learning how to take control of your life and respond to challenging situations with healthy coping skills. Psychotherapy is also frequently referred to as talk therapy, counseling, psychosocial therapy, or simply, therapy. Fort Wellness counseling provides services in Fort Worth that include: 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. Click here to learn more about the counseling services Fort Wellness Counseling provides and here to learn about the DOT evaluations.

Psychotherapy can be helpful in order to treat most 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 psychotherapy. Psychotherapy 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. Therapy 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 serious or physical health problem, recover from sexual problems or in order to sleep better. Research shows that the more you personally 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 try. You do not have to commit to anything but to attend one session. For further information about therapy, you can visit our FAQ section and check out some other articles that you might find helpful on our blog. Ready to schedule? Book online easily using our convenient scheduling app.

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  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