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All You Need To Know About Psychotherapy

Sila is a clinical psychologist whose master thesis is recently completed and published.

What Is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a broad-gaged therapy based on relationship between a therapist and a client. A therapist helps her/his clients face and overcome their problems. Psychotherapy makes lives of individuals more functional, more productive and healthier.



An illustration of psychotherapy

An illustration of psychotherapy

What Does A Therapist Do?

A therapist supports her/his client with objective and predicue-free attitude. Any information, a client shares with her/his therapist, is private and confidential. A therapist doesn't advice her/his clients on someone or something. Moreover, s/he also doesn't advice her/his clients against doing something. S/he doesn't take sides. S/he doesn't criticize and judge her/his clients. S/he doesn't give her/his clients their words and ask them for favors. S/he accompanies her/his clients and works with them together in her/his clients' journey with therapy. S/he helps her/his clients define and eventualize their thoughts and behaviors. Therefore, clients gain some skills and adopt healthy coping strategies to change or modify their thoughts and behaviors.

The Qualities Competent Therapists Display

Being objective,

Being prejudice-free,

Being honest,

Being empathetic,

Being respectful,

Being reliable,

Being professional.

How Does Psychotherapy Help People?

By means of psychotherapy, people understand their thoughts and behaviors, which they intend to change, and they learn to manage them on their own. Dysfunctional thoughts and behaviors get identified. Healthy coping strategies get applied. Skills required get acquired in order to modify negative thoughts and feelings and unhealthy reactions. Challenges and changes are overcame in a healthy way which enable them to improve their relationship with both themselves and others.

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For An Effective, Productive, Beneficial and Healthy Psychotherapy Outcomes

  • Clients should be willing to commit to therapy,
  • They should participate therapy sessions actively, regularly and properly,
  • They should trust their therapist,
  • They should be honest with their therapist,
  • They shouldn't set unrealistic expectations for therapy,
  • They should make time and effort for therapy,
  • They should be aware that therapy process requires patience,
  • Their therapeutic relationship with their therapist should be based on mutual trust and respect.


An illustration of therapeutic relationship

An illustration of therapeutic relationship

What If Psychotherapy Isn't Working?

If a client doesn't think therapy sessions aren't doing any good for them,

  • s/he should openly and honestly talk to her/his therapist about it,
  • therapy goals should be reviewed, revised and reconstituted,
  • different types of therapy homeworks should be provided,
  • different kinds of therapy approaches should be practiced if necessary,
  • therapist should refer her/his clients to another professional if none of these works.


© 2021 Sila Ozgoren

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