What is psychotherapy
Psychotherapy describes a relationship between a therapist (psychotherapist) and a client or clients (sometimes also referred to as a patient or patients) in which both therapist and client work with what the client brings to therapy, as well as the dynamics of their relationship.
Different approaches to psychotherapy define the nature, purpose and task of psychotherapy in different ways, with different emphasis on the clients:
- Personal, social, cultural, spiritual identity, context and environment
- Past, present and future
- Childhood and history
- Nature of the therapeutic relationship
- Intrapsychic and interpersonal life, unconscious dynamics
- Affect, behaviour, cognitions and somatic experiencing
Who psychotherapists work with:
Depending on their training and experience, psychotherapists work with:
- Children and young people
Psychotherapy takes place in different settings and agencies in public, voluntary, and private sectors; and, generally, in a particular and designated room, although some therapists also work outdoors.
Professional psychotherapy organisations in New Zealand
- New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (principal professional organisation in NZ)
- New Zealand Association of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists (child and adolescent psychotherapists' principal professional organisation in NZ)
Last updated: 20-Oct-2015 3.03pm
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