How Can Psychotherapy Help?

Psychotherapy is primarily a talk-based practice intended to help people improve their mental and emotional health and well-being. Together, client and therapist enter into a working relationship to bring about positive change in thinking, feeling, behaviour, and social functioning.

People usually seek psychotherapy when they have thoughts, feelings, moods, and behaviours that are adversely affecting their daily lives, relationships, and enjoyment of life. Registered Psychotherapists in Ontario use a treatment approach from therapies prescribed by their professional college, including:

  • Experiential and Humanistic therapies
  • Systemic and Collaborative therapies
  • Cognitive and Behavioural therapies
  • Psychodynamic therapies
  • Somatic therapies

In the 1990s, non-invasive scanning technologies (like functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) allowed greater precision in the real-time observation of the human brain. As a result, discoveries in the realm of neuroscience mushroomed. This new knowledge is increasingly affirming the theories, and focusing the practices, of psychotherapy.