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Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is a range of techniques which use only dialogue and communication and which are designed to improve the mental health of a client or patient, or to improve group relationships (such as in a family).

Most forms of psychotherapy use only spoken conversation, though some also use various other forms of communication such as the written word, art work or touch.

Commonly psychotherapy involves a therapist and client(s) - and in family therapy several family members or even other members from their social network - who discuss their issues in an effort to discover underlying problems and to find constructive solutions.

Therapy may address specific forms of diagnosable mental illness, or everyday problems in relationships or meeting personal goals.

Treatment of everyday problems is more often referred to as counseling but the term is sometimes used interchangeably with "psychotherapy".

Note:   The above text is excerpted from the Wikipedia article "Psychotherapy", which has been released under the GNU Free Documentation License.
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