What is a Psychotherapist or Counselor?

A psychotherapist may also be referred to as a counselor and is a person who works with individuals, couples, families, and groups across all ages, to help them deal with a wide variety of psychological problems or emotional issues. Psychotherapist and counselor are terms that are often used interchangeably. A psychotherapist provides therapy to assists people with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, grief, and stress. These feelings are normal, although sometimes they can become overwhelming and impact our daily activities causing a significant amount of distress. Psychotherapy, or counseling, can help provide guidance in managing difficult emotions and behaviors. Psychotherapists provide therapy, also called psychotherapy, to help support people and teach them ways to cope and deal with various life stressors.

There are many different approaches that psychotherapist use to help people develop healthy and effective coping skills. These approaches are based from theoretical perspectives. Theoretical perspectives act as guides to help psychotherapists understand their client, their clients problem, and to assist in developing solutions to these problems. The type of psychotherapy an individual receives is based on a variety of factors. These factors include consideration of what the problem is, the client’s unique personality and circumstances, the best available research regarding the treatment of the problem, and the therapist’s theoretical orientation. Some of the more common types of psychotherapy include cognitive-behavioral therapy, person-centered therapy, and psychodynamic therapy, along with many others. Sometimes psychotherapist will combine different elements from several different theoretical frameworks into their psychotherapy in order to tailor treatment to client’s individual needs. Ask your therapist the orientation in which they work from in order to better understand their perspective on various issues.

Contact Dr. Parisi for low cost therapy in Chicago, Mt. Prospect, and surrounding areas including Des Plaines, Arlington Heights, Schaumburg, Barrington, Hinsdale, Skokie, Lincolnwood, Park Ridge, Evanston, and Wilmette.