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Psychotherapy is the process where mental health distresses and disorders are assessed, prevented, evaluated and treated. There are a variety of techniques that can be utilised to deal with the problem(s) that brought you to therapy. These services are generally unlike any services you may receive from a physician in that psychotherapy requires your active participation and cooperation.
Psychotherapy has both benefits and risks. Possible risks include the experience of uncomfortable feelings (such as sadness, guilt, anxiety, anger, frustration, loneliness, or helplessness) or the recall of unpleasant events in your life. Potential benefits include significant reduction in feelings of distress, better relationships, better problem-solving and coping skills, and resolution of specific problems. Given the nature of psychotherapy, it is difficult to predict what exactly will happen, but care will be taken to ensure that you will be able to handle the risks and experience at least some of the benefits. However, psychotherapy is an inexact science and no guarantees can be made regarding outcomes.