DEVAN M HITE LCPC LTD
Psychotherapy can be a difficult first step toward change, but it is often one that leads to healing and well-being.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy helps us explore aspects of ourselves that cause challenging conflicts in our relationships or work—the things that matter to us; it helps us explore and discover why such conflicts exist and how we can move beyond them. This type of treatment is usually characterized as "insight-oriented" psychotherapy and can be very useful.
Psychotherapy can also serve as a safe place to strengthen our capacities to regulate unpleasant feelings. This is accomplished by making direct use of the therapist-patient relationship.
Typical goals of psychotherapy include: lessening the pain of depressive or anxious moods, increasing and sustaining the quality of meaningful relationships, gaining confidence and self-esteem, learning how to use talents and energies more effectively and productively, managing pain or stress, working through traumatic experiences, or merely improving upon the overall quality of life.