Chances are you’re familiar with talk therapy – maybe you or someone you know has gone to see a therapist to talk out issues, whether they’re stress, anxiety, depression or relationship problems. Talk therapy, more formally called ‚psychotherapy,‘ refers to a range of treatments that involve discussing mental or emotional issues with a mental health practitioner, such as a psychiatrist or psychologist. People who undergo this therapy talk through their emotions, moods, thoughts and behaviors, and they learn about their mental health conditions as well as how to cope with those conditions.
Different types of talk therapy include humanist therapy, group counseling and motivational counseling; however, the two most common examples of talk therapy are psychoanalysis and cognitive behavioral therapy. The type of talk therapy that works best depends on the individual and his or her needs.