Psychotherapy When people find themselves persistently or repeatedly stuck in activities or relationships that don't feel right or work out, psychotherapy offers a way to find new understanding, and the chance to live and engage more fully. The therapist functions in some ways like a teacher. If were enough simply to tell the patient what to do, he or she would not need therapy. In the psychotherapy setting, the trained psychotherapist -- something like a teacher -- helps the patient experience reach new understanding of self, and think in a new way. This is reflected in the name given to one treatment model, "cognitive-behavioral therapy," which (like most psychotherapies) is based on psychoanalysis. You can't fully understand something until you have experienced it. That is why it's so hard to explain an experience -- whether psychotherapy, or riding on a roller-coaster -- to someone who hasn't "been there."

There are numerous Types of Therapy