Psychotherapy is often used in combination with other treatments including medication, behavior management, rehab therapy, music therapy, and art therapy. The relationship that develops between the therapist and the client is very important. The person must feel comfortable, safe, and understood. This type of trusting environment makes it much easier for the person to express their thoughts and feelings and to use the therapy in a helpful way.
As part of the initial assessment, a qualified mental health professional or psychiatric nurse practitioner will determine the need for psychotherapy. This decision will be based on such things as the person’s current problems, history level of development, ability to cooperate with treatment, and the type of interventions most likely to help with the presenting concerns.