In psychotherapy, psychologists help people of all ages live happier, healthier and more productive lives. Psychologists apply research-based techniques to help people develop more effective habits. There are several approaches to psychotherapy, including cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal and psychodynamic, among others, that help people work through their problems. Psychotherapy is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between an individual and a psychologist. A psychologist provides a supportive environment that allows you to talk openly with someone who is objective, neutral and nonjudgmental. Most therapy focuses on individuals, although psychotherapists also work with couples, families and groups. To find a psychologist, ask your physician or another health professional. You can also use APA’s Psychologist Locator Service or call your local or state psychological association to find a psychologist licensed to practice in your state.

The right match when choosing a psychologist is important. Most psychologists agree that an important factor in determining whether to work with a particular psychologist is your level of personal comfort with that person.

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