Before entering fully to define the word psychotherapy, it is necessary to proceed to establish its etymological origin. This is found in the Greek and more specifically in the union of two terms: on the one hand, there is psycho (psyche) that could be translated as “soul” and on the other hand is therapy (therapy) that would come to mean “treatment”.
Starting from this significance, it could be said in a simple way that psychotherapy is the treatment carried out by a health professional (psychotherapist) to ensure that a patient in question can achieve a series of improvements and positive changes in regard to their behavior, their mental and physical health, adaptation to the environment or their psychological identity.
In this sense, it is common that many times people go to receive psychotherapy because they have behavioral problems, chronic sadness, inappropriate eating patterns, partner conflicts, problems with drug use, school failure or sexual dissatisfaction.
The ribbon communicative which is established between a psychotherapist (an expert who has prepared to evaluate pictures and propose alternatives to modify the life of those who require his help) and the person requesting his professional services (recognized by the name of patient) is known as psychotherapy. This treatment is recommended and used when looking for increase well-being of the patient and promote changes in their daily behavior, attitudes and thoughts.
It should be noted that the term psychotherapy is not defined under a specific scientific criterion, but rather allows to name a wide range of a scientific nature that is reflected in different theoretical and practical orientations. Psychotherapy contemplates a wide variety of approaches and theoretical definitions linked to this field that determine different ways of conditioning and approaching communication between the psychotherapist and each of his patients.
It is also interesting to mention that there are two aspects that are repeated in all currents of psychotherapy: the direct and personal contact between the specialist and the person who comes to him to initiate a treatment, especially through dialogue, and the quality of therapeutic relationship of the communication context, that is, the help destined to achieve a change in the patient. In any case, in recent years a new modality of remote psychological intervention has been developed through Internet, known as cyber psychotherapy.
One way is that any person who due to problems with professional hours or personal obligations cannot carry out the assistance to the clinic or to the center of a psychotherapist. Thus, thanks to the Internet and from home and when it is best for you, you can be in contact with said professional and receive the treatment you need to put an end to the problem that worries you and that is harming you in your daily life.
It is important to note that psychotherapy implies respect and adaptation towards a deontological code, which establishes bases on the Privacy and the confidentiality of the information exchanged within the framework of communication between the psychotherapist and the patient.