In psychotherapy, psychologists help people of all ages live happier, healthier and more productive lives. Psychologists apply research-based techniques to help people develop more effective habits. There are several approaches to psychotherapy, including cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal and psychodynamic, among others, that help people work through their problems. Psychotherapy is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between an individual and a psychologist. A psychologist provides a supportive environment that allows you to talk openly with someone who is objective, neutral and nonjudgmental. Most therapy focuses on individuals, although psychotherapists also work with couples, families and groups. To find a psychologist, ask your physician or another health professional. You can also use APA’s Psychologist Locator Service or call your local or state psychological association to find a psychologist licensed to practice in your state.
The right match when choosing a psychologist is important. Most psychologists agree that an important factor in determining whether to work with a particular psychologist is your level of personal comfort with that person.
Understanding psychotherapy and how it works
Learn how to choose a psychologist, how therapy works, how long it lasts and what should and shouldn’t happen during psychotherapy.
For a healthy mind and body...talk to a psychologist
When you want professional help, you want to talk to someone you trust and feel comfortable with. A good friend can listen, but a psychologist has the skills and professional training to help you learn to manage when you're overwhelmed.
Anxiety disorders and effective treatment
Psychologists can help individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder and other anxiety problems recover.
Understanding depression and effective treatment
Depression can be an overwhelming and exhausting problem. This question-and-answer guide explains what depression is and how it can be treated effectively.
Different approaches to psychotherapy
Psychologists generally draw on one or more theories of psychotherapy to guide them through the process of understanding clients and their problems and developing solutions.
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