Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have done their specialization in psychiatry. They manage mental health problems with prescription of medicines or psychotropic drugs that affect the nervous system.
Therapy comes from the Greek work therapeia which means healing.
Thus psychotherapy means healing of the psyche or the mind.
In contrast to the symptomatic treatment of psychiatrist psychotherapy aims to understand “why” and not just the “what” of a person’s problems. It aims to heal the emotional wounds that give rise to the symptoms!
Psychotherapy is conducted with individuals, groups, couples and families.
Psychotherapists help people to overcome stress, emotional and relationship problems or troublesome habits.
There are many different approaches in psychotherapy, or talking therapies.
A Psychotherapist is not your friend or family.
She doesn’t give you advice or instructions. Therapy is a process of finding a way together.
Friends and family serve a different role- an invested, emotionally involved view.
Sometimes the best thing a person requires is an objective third party support and insight and unconditional positive regard and acceptance (not approval) in the realms of a professional relationship.
A Psychotherapist provides congruence, empathy and an unconditional positive regard. He guides you and builds with you a therapeutic relationship which is seen as a safe place to promote growth, healing and change.
It is a difficult process requiring commitment and efforts from the client as well as the therapist.