What is psychotherapy?

This is one of the most difficult questions to answer and all therapists will tell you that they dedicate the majority of their professional development to defining this term. 

Therapy in this context is a facilitative process in which an individual accesses formal support from a qualified regulated health practitioner with the goal of alleviating suffering from either a mental health condition, a life transition, a traumatic incident or incidents or in some cases just simply due to the "costs of caring". 

In understanding definitions of therapy it might be helpful to understand what therapy is not. Therapy is not advice giving, nor is it prescriptive. Therapists are not qualified to diagnose or prescribe medication. They do not see themselves as experts, but rather they wholeheartedly believe that you are the expert in your own recovery. If therapists were to be experts at anything it would be to truly understand what makes people recover and the processes that individuals go through in defining their recovery journey.