Psychotherapy

Also known as: talk therapy.

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a form of therapy and counseling that is conducted by a mental health professional, for example a psychologist, a licensed mental health counselor, social worker or a psychiatrist. The therapy is typically founded upon an open dialogue between the therapist and the patient, though medications can be recommended and prescribed prescribing physician at times during the treatment.

What happens during the treatment?

Typically, the patient will meet with the mental health professional in a relaxed, open environment where they can speak freely. The therapist will give the patient an outlet to speak and guide the conversation with questions or assignments. The therapist may also give you assignments to work on between appointments.

Is any special preparation needed?

No special preparation is needed for this treatment.

What are the risk factors?

There are very few risks to psychotherapy, and the reality is that most people can benefit from having someone to speak with about their problems. Most people who undergo psychotherapy find benefit from the sessions.


Reviewed by: Marisa Azaret, PsyD

This page was last updated on: 7/12/2018 3:26:27 PM

Weekly Support Programs

​F.O.C.U.S. Program

This group therapy program is designed for children ages 7 to 17 with behaviorial issues, including but not limited to ADHD. This support group meets on Wednesdays.   Learn more.

Calm Kids

Calm Kids is a weekly group therapy course designed to teach children strategies on how to take control over anxiety symptoms. Children will learn how to cope with fears and worries, identify anxiety triggers, how to relax the mind and body and maximize their self-confidence. This group meets on Tuesdays. Learn more.

Pain Management Group

This eight-week program is specifically designed to empower children ages 7 to 18 through complex sensory experiences. Learn more.

Teen Sleep Group

This six-week program is designed for teens ages 13 to 16 experiencing difficulties related to sleep, including daytime sleepiness, trouble waking in the morning, difficulty falling asleep and waking in the middle of the night. Learn more.

Social Skills Group

Children and teens ages 7 to 17 are invited to join this small discussion group to learn how to make, cultivate and maintain friendships. Participants will learn basic conversational skills, and discuss the use of appropriate humor, how to electronically connect with others, and how to manage disagreements. Learn more.

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