Does Psychotherapy really work?

Psychotherapy works.  Research demonstrate that psychotherapy reduces symptoms and impact of the mental disorders that most commonly interfere with people’s lives, including depression, addiction, mental illness, and personality disorders. These consensus treatment guidelines that provide clinicians with evidence-based direction for treating depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders recommend psychotherapy, sometimes as a first line of treatment.

Psychotherapy Essentials to Go, Achieving Psychotherapy Effectiveness

Molyn Leszcz, Clare Pain, Jon Hunter, Robert Maunder & Paula Ravitz

Paula Ravitz & Robert Maunder, Editors


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Each person has different issues, lifestyles and goals for therapy, therefore therapy will be different case by case.  In general, one can expect to discuss their current events happening in their life, personal history relevant to the issue, and as a result report progress (or new insights gained, if any) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your individual and or specific needs, therapy can be either short-term interventions for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more complex problems or for more personal development.


To receive the best outcome for your specific need for therapy, ‘consistency’ is key by scheduling regular sessions, typically weekly or bi-weekly sessions with your therapist.