The goal of psychotherapy is to relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, and low self esteem to improve relationship and occupational functioning. A psychotherapist helps people understand their problems from a new perspective by offering an objective point of view and new ways of thinking, feeling and problem solving. Psychotherapy changes the way people think and feel about themselves and their circumstances. This results in more optimism and the ability to cope with stress and enjoy life more fully.
Psychotherapy is a secure confidential relationship that occurs in a structured setting between a trained psychotherapist and client(s). It is conducted with individuals, couples, groups, and families. Psychotherapists are legally bound to respect the confidentiality of clients due to the very personal and sensitive topics that are often discussed.
Ethical psychotherapists are careful to protect the professional boundary of the therapist/client relationship. This creates a safe environment for deep self-disclosure and protects the client and the therapist from the expectation of a dual relationship outside of the therapy office. Ethical therapists do not exaggerate their abilities or the outcomes of psychotherapy.