The American Psychological Association (APA) defines psychotherapy as:
A full definition of “psychotherapy” and the research on the “effectiveness of psychotherapy” is accessible.
Generally, most people think of psychotherapy or “talk therapy” as a collaborative communication between a trained professional and someone seeking help. You should expect and insist that the trained professional adhere to the ethical and professional standards of the profession, understand the dynamics of human development, and use research findings to support the psychotherpuetic interventions strategies used to help you.
Many people actually enjoy walking down the the psychotherapy path as their journey helps them become much more educated. self-aware, self-confident, and wiser when called upon to cope with the challenges of life.