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Psychotherapy, or more accurately psychodynamic therapy, addresses a wide range of behavioral and mental health conditions. Also called talk therapy, it may be prescribed on its own or alongside other treatments such as medication. Psychiatrists, psychologists and licensed professional counselors can conduct psychotherapy though only psychiatrists can prescribe medication as part of treatment.

The goal of psychotherapy is to allow patients to speak with a neutral, objective and nonjudgmental professional who can help them work through long-term emotional problems, mental problems and relationship issues.

Common Disorders

Anxiety & panic disorders

Anxiety disorders are defined by excessive fear and anxiety that can affect jobs, relationships and ability to perform everyday tasks. Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder that causes periods of intense physical and mental distress known as panic attacks.

Mood disorders

Mood disorders can distort emotions and may result in intense feelings of sadness, irritability and mania that interfere with everyday life. Types of mood disorders include depression and bipolar disorder.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder

This anxiety disorder makes people dwell on repeated thoughts, ideas or obsessions they don’t want to have. These obsessions cause people to perform repetitive, compulsive behaviors that interfere with their life, such as washing hands over and over or cleaning house without end.

Personality disorders

These disorders are a recurrent pattern or behaviors and feelings which disrupt interpersonal relationships, marital relationships and job performance. Personality disorders can cause thinking, behavior or personality to differ drastically from cultural and societal norms and can block a person’s ability to maximize their potential.


Phobias are uncontrollable, irrational fears of objects or situations that pose little or no threat to well-being and can make certain activities difficult or impossible, such as leaving the house or being in crowds.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

This disorder causes vivid, distressing thoughts and feelings related to a previous traumatic event or series of events. Symptoms of PTSD can be triggered by noises, images or sensations that are otherwise normal for people without PTSD.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

CBT helps people notice patterns of thinking and behavior that are harming themselves or others. This form of therapy helps someone replace distorted thoughts and harmful actions with productive ones. CBT can help you people problems and overcome symptoms of disorders such as depression or anxiety.

Interpersonal therapy (IPT)

IPT is a short-term treatment designed to help people manage and understand issues related to communicating and interacting with others. This form of therapy can help resolve conflicts with others, come to terms with grief or manage stress stemming from a recent change in life.

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