What Are Mental Health Problems?
Mental health problems are thoughts, feelings and behaviors that cause difficulty with the ability to perform daily activities, such as work, school, pleasurable activities, or affect your relationships with others.
What is Psychotherapy?
The cure for mental health problems is increased awareness of your situation, the causes for it and the reasons that the problem is being maintained. The cure for mental health problems is increased awareness, resulting in insight, changes in your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Psychotherapy is the process that accomplishes this. The less aware we are of our motives, feelings, thoughts, actions, and perceptions, the more they control us and the more we stay stuck in old patterns that don't work anymore.
To eliminate your symptoms, you must face the defenses that were created to protect you. When you feel whatever it is you spend your energy trying not to feel, you feel better and you function better.
Psychotherapy is not advice. Part of what brings you to treatment is that you've become lost in advice and can't sort out who's to heed; the last thing you need is yet another voice to consider. The goal of treatment is for you to rediscover your own voice, your own priorities, and the courage to act on them.