What Is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a treatment for psychological, emotional and behavioral issues. It involves talking to a professional on regular basis over a period of time about current problems as well as life history. There are many specific forms of psychotherapy. Dr. Whelchel does not adhere to any one particular psychotherapeutic orientation, but rather tailors treatment to the specific needs of the individuals and couples with whom she works. Generally speaking, Dr. Whelchel's treatment approach involves understanding current problems within the framework of one's life history. Most problems result from people having learned adaptive coping mechanisms in childhood that no longer work in adult situations. Understanding the origins of problems and then practicing new behaviors allows people to change their characteristic ways of being in the world which relieves symptoms of distress and enhances a sense of self-esteem and well-being.