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The effectiveness of psychotherapy, more commonly referred to as “therapy”, has been the subject of much research over the years. The overall consensus is that therapy is an effective method of improving mental health and addressing psychological issues. This article will discuss the efficacy of therapy, the various types of therapy, and what to consider when selecting a therapist.

The scientific evidence for the effectiveness of therapy is quite strong. A meta-analysis of over 200 studies conducted on the efficacy of psychotherapy found that, overall, therapy was found to be effective in reducing psychological symptoms and improving overall functioning (Cuijpers, 2009). The effects of therapy were also found to be durable, as the benefits of therapy usually persisted beyond the end of treatment.

There are many different types of therapy available, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, and interpersonal therapy. The type of therapy that a person chooses will depend on their individual needs and preferences. CBT focuses on changing negative thought patterns and behaviors, while psychodynamic therapy focuses on exploring one’s past experiences to gain insight into current problems. Interpersonal therapy focuses on improving relationships and communication with others.

When selecting a therapist, it is important to consider both the therapist’s credentials and their approach to therapy. The therapist should have the appropriate educational background and licensure to practice therapy, and they should also have experience treating the particular issues that the individual is dealing with. Additionally, the therapist should be someone the individual feels comfortable talking to and sharing their feelings with.

In conclusion, therapy is an effective method of improving mental health and addressing psychological issues. There are many different types of therapy available, and it is important to consider both the therapist’s credentials and their approach to therapy when selecting a therapist.

References
Cuijpers, P. (2009). The efficacy of psychotherapy: A meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 29(7), 783-791. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2009.05.003

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