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  • Writer's pictureRyan Schmidtke

What the Heck is Psychotherapy Anyway?

That is an outstanding question!

By reading this, the hope is that you will gain a better understanding of a word that can be intimidating.

We usually define psychotherapy as: a way to help people work through their mental and emotional difficulties through talk-based therapy.

"Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss" by Antonio Canova, 1787. Louvre Museum

Kind of a mouthful. Isn’t it? Well, I like to break it down like this. The word psycho or psyche comes from a Greek word ‘psukhē’ that is translated as: breath, mind, or soul. The word therapy comes from the Greek word ‘therapeia’ which is translated to: healing.

So I like to look at psychotherapy as a way to heal both your mind and soul.

Now as a psychotherapist I get to go along for the ride. Sharing with you in this journey all the highs and lows that will ultimately bring healing to your mind and soul. I’m not steering per se but I am acting as a navigator. Someone who collaborates with you to help you get to where you want to go.

One of the most interesting things about psychotherapy (at least in my humble opinion) is that it isn’t how smart the therapist is, or how many techniques they know, or how awesome their office is that creates the most positive outcomes. Want to know what it is??? It’s the relationship between the therapist and client. it important that your therapist is knowledgeable and educated? Absolutely!

Is it important your therapist is experienced in helping with your specific needs? 100%!

Yet, those factors don’t really mean much if you and your therapist don’t connect. There is absolutely nothing wrong with you and your therapist having the chat… “How do you feel this relationship is working out?” If it isn’t, well . . . maybe for the client’s best interest, it is best to find another therapist. Because at the end of the day we both really want the same thing.




So if you have a restlessness in your soul or your mind is constantly racing and all over the map at times. Let’s chat, let’s see how well we click, and let’s navigate this journey together. Call into the clinic and ask for me, Ryan. I’d love to help you out.

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