What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is the use of psychological methods, particularly when based on regular personal interaction, to help a person change and overcome problems in desired ways. Psychotherapy aims to improve an individual’s wellbeing and mental health, to resolve or mitigate troublesome behaviors, beliefs, compulsions, thoughts, or emotions, and to improve relationships and social skills.

Psychotherapy is the most popular and common form of therapy and counseling. Many people find that talking about their challenges in a constructive and thoughtful manner can be helpful in figuring out how to move forward with their life and reconcile various life events. It allows each person to go at their own pace to take in those things that may be difficult to see or address in large chunks.

When using psychotherapy, or any other treatment for that matter, the therapist cannot predict how treatment will go or how many sessions a client will need before they are “healed”. Each case is different and the progress is completely dependent on the client. Our experience is that even though a client may realize a pattern or faulty thought, it may take some time for it to sink in and affect change in their life. On the other hand, some clients are very determined and open to making changes in their life right now and see immediate effects.

Melissa Hill, LCSW, ACHT

At St. Charles Counseling, we provide individual, couples and family therapy. The term ‘ADVANCED’ in our name speaks volumes. You can be confident that you will receive the “best of the best” because each of our therapists have advanced training and expertise.

We provide counseling services in a confidential setting to individuals (ages 14+), couples, and families in beautiful downtown St. Charles near the Fox River. Your privacy is our #1 concern and you will feel welcomed the minute you walk in our door.

Who can benefit?

Psychotherapy can help people in a range of situations. For example, it may benefit someone who:

  • has overwhelming feelings of sadness or helplessness
  • feels anxious most of the time
  • has difficulty facing everyday challenges or focusing on work or studies
  • is using drugs or alcohol in a way that is not healthful
  • is at risk of harming themselves or others
  • feels that their situation will never improve, despite receiving help from friends and family
  • has experienced an abusive situation
  • has a mental health condition, such as schizophrenia, that affects their daily life
Some people attend psychotherapy after a doctor recommends it, but many seek help independently.