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p. 11. What is psychotherapy and who is it for?locked

  • Tom Burns
  •  and Eva Burns‐Lundgren

Abstract

Psychotherapy involves using an agreed relationship between a trained practitioner and a patient to obtain relief from emotional suffering. Most Western psychotherapies are based on talking and discussion that aim for a very personal understanding of the origins and meaning of problems in order to remove symptoms and obtain relief. ‘What is psychotherapy and who is it for?’ explains that present-day psychotherapy is available to a wide range of individuals in many settings. Different therapies include counselling, cognitive behaviour therapy, group and family therapies, and interactive therapies such as music and art therapy. It also shows that psychotherapy is not risk free; good psychotherapists carefully assess patients’ character strengths and their problems before embarking on treatment.

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