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Psychotherapy is a set of techniques believed to cure or to help solve behavioral and other psychological problems in humans. The common part of these techniques is direct personal contact between therapist and patient, mainly in the form of talking Owing to the nature of these communications, there are significant issues of patient privacy and/or client confidentiality
Schools and approaches
Psychoanalysis was the earliest form of psychotherapy, but many other theories and techniques are now used by psychotherapists , psychologists , psychiatrists , personal growth facilitators and social workers . Techniques for group therapy have been developed.
While behaviour is often a target of the work, many approaches value the notion of "psyche" in the root of the word. This is especially true of the psychodynamic schools of psychotherapy, which today include Jungian therapy and Psychodrama. Other approaches focus on the link between the mind and body and try to access deeper levels of the psyche through manipulation of the physical body. Examples are Rolfing , Pulsing and Postural Integration
A distinction can also be made between those psychotherapies that employ a medical model and those that employ a humanistic model. In the medical model the client is seen as unwell and the therapist employs their skill to help them back to health. An example would be Freudian psychotherapy. In the humanistic model the therapist facilitates learning in the individual and the clients own natural process draws them to a fuller understanding of themselves. An example would be Gestalt therapy
Cognitive behavioural therapy aims to treat specific symptoms or problems in a limited number of therapeutic sessions and for this reason is particularly common where the mode of psychotherapy is dictated by the demands of insurancecompanies who wish to see a financially limited commitment.
A computer program called ELIZA has been built to perform an automated and extremely simplified version of Rogersian psychotherapy [edit </w/index.php?
List of psychotherapeutic modalities
In the 20th century a bewildering range of psychotherapies sprang up in western societies.
The following is only a partial list:
List of techniques used in psychotherapy
The following techniques may be employed in psychotherapy although which are used will depend on the nature of the therapy
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