The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy offers a very effective definition of psychotherapy as, "The provision, by a qualified practitioner, of a formal and professional relationship within which patients/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 of 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".
In addition, psychotherapy often serves to promote personal growth and self-actualisation. So many people choose psychotherapy as a form of personal development; to gain a better understanding of themselves; how they interrelate with others; to find inner peace; and to fulfil their potential. All these are valid reasons to start psychotherapy to help explore, understand and change what is happening in your life.
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