What is Psychotherapy?

What Is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a term that encompasses diverse methods of personal assistance given by a licensed psychologist or other licensed professional, such as an MFT (marriage & family therapist) or LCSW (social worker).

Behavioral therapy, and sometimes cognitive-behavioral therapy (for some older children and teenagers), are the methods that have been scientifically proven to be most effective with children and teens. Psychotherapy may address the following:

  • Behavioral intervention
  • Anger management
  • Social skills training
  • Skill enhancement for ADHD and learning disorders
  • “Issues” & parenting consultation for parents
  • Depression, anxiety, & other emotional problems

Because it is often a benefit paid for by insurance (and I do not bill insurance), I usually encourage parents to use their insurance benefit if psychotherapy is indicated.  However, I routinely provide parental training in behavioral intervention so that they may become “therapists” in their own home.

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Further Reading:   
The What & Why of Psychological Assessment
Neuropsychology questions
What is the difference between a Psychologist, a Neuropsychologist, a Licensed Educational “Psychologist,” and a School “Psychologist?”
What Is a “Coach” or “Behavioral Consultant?”
Special education questions