Harvard Women’s Health Watch eases the challenge of choosing therapy

Boston , MA —Every year, one in five adults in the United States experiences a mental disorder or emotional problem serious enough to warrant treatment. Nonetheless, navigating the therapy course can be challenging. The August issue of the Harvard Women's Health Watch explores talk therapy options and offers guidance about making the decision to visit a therapist.

Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, addresses troubling symptoms and emotions using primarily psychological techniques. The two most popular forms are psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Psychodynamic therapy asserts that experiences and feelings that you're not consciously aware of can influence your present emotional well-being and ability to function. This type of therapy is useful in helping people to cope with the loss of a relationship, conflicts within relationships, or demands of shifting roles.

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