WHAT IS PSYCHOTHERAPY and what is it not...
Psychotherapy has a long history and has been esteemed and practiced since the ancient Greek times.
The word psychotherapy originates from the Ancient Greek words ‘psyche’, which means “breath”, “spirit” or “soul”, and ‘therapeia’ which means “healing” or “medical treatment.”
In the beginning of the 20th century, psychiatrists Freud and Jung increased the profile of psychiatry and psychotherapy within the medical profession and society at large and their methods became credible and accepted ways to treat mental health and to promote wellbeing.
Their psychological approaches inform many of the therapies practised today. However, while films might depict a stereotypical image of a silent unresponsive therapist and a client lying on a couch, therapeutic approaches have developed greatly and are much more interactive and conversational these days.