Psychotherapy is the provision of a formal and professional relationship within which clients can profitably explore difficult, and often painful, emotions and experiences. These may include feelings of anxiety, depression, trauma, or perhaps the loss of meaning in one's life. It is a process that seeks to help the person gain an increased capacity for choice, through which the individual becomes more autonomous and self-determined. Psychotherapy may be provided for individuals or children, couples, families and in groups.

A Psychotherapist thus works with people who have emotional, behavioural, or psychological difficulties. The actual work is mainly to encourage the client to talk and explore their feelings, beliefs and thoughts and, sometimes, relevant aspects of and events in their childhood and personal history. Some psychotherapists work to help the client understand more about their problems and then make appropriate changes in their thinking and behaviour. As a result, the work can last over quite a long term. Brief psychotherapy is also possible, especially to help someone resolve a more immediate crisis.
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