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Psychology and psychotherapy

Psychotherapy in the UK

Psychology is the study of the mind and mental processes, especially in relation to behavior.

Psychotherapy is treatment based on talking to another person who is objective, sympathetic and non-judgmental. Under these circumstances it is possible to talk about what are sometimes very painful issues or life challenges. By sharing these issues and learning more about them, it is possible to gain the strength and understanding to deal with them more effectively and gain ascendency over them.


Psychotherapists may use a combination of techniques to address issues such as:

  • Addiction

  • Anger management

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Divorce and relationship break-up

  • Eating disorders

  • Financial problems and redundancy

  • General well-being

  • Loss and bereavement

  • Lack of motivation

  • Low self-esteem

  • Physical, emotional or sexual abuse

  • Sexual problems

  • Trauma

Psychologists are experts in psychology and are usually categorised under a number of mental health professions such as clinical and counseling psychologists. Psychologists can only use talk therapy as treatment; you must see a psychiatrist or other medical doctor to be treated with medication.

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