A psychotherapist is a trained professional that addresses a person’s emotional problems and mental health condition with the intention of resolving any issues. A psychotherapist will listen, discuss and suggest strategies to help tackle any problems a person might be having. In some cases, this includes helping a person change their attitudes and behaviour. Psychotherapists are able to teach a person certain skills to help tolerate painful emotions, improve their relationships, and alter their behaviour in a positive manner. A psychotherapist may also encourage a person to devise their own solutions. If a psychotherapist sees fit, a group therapy session may be organised. Members in group therapy support each other with advice and encouragement, which can be an effective way of helping mental health issues. All sessions with a psychotherapist are confidential.
A psychotherapist may be necessary to help you to overcome a wide scope of concerns. A psychotherapist could help you confront and prevail over stress, sadness, grief and conflict, or any other emotional difficulties. Many people experience these mental health issues on a regular basis, but do not always seek support from a professional. By doing so, this can often result in any issues getting worse. You should consider consulting a psychotherapist if: you feel as though everything is overwhelming; you have suffered a trauma that is constantly on your mind; you have unexplained and recurrent headaches, stomach-aches or a rundown immune system; you are using a substance to cope; your relationships are strained; your friends have spoken out about their concerns about you.