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Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is treatment in which a trained professional – a therapist – uses psychological techniques to help someone overcome psychological difficulties and disorders, resolve problems in living, or bring about personal growth. In psychotherapy, the goal is to produce psychological change in a person (called a “client”) through discussions and interactions with the therapist.


Psychotherapy is the use of psychological techniques to treat psychological disturbances. The four main forms of psychotherapy (based on the four main theoretical approaches to psychology) are behaviouristic, cognitive, humanistic and psychoanalytic. There are many variants and permutations of these four approaches.

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