Psychotherapy is a kind of talking therapy, which is used to treat emotional problems and mental health issues. There are many different psychological models, such as Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Gestalt, Systemic, Existential, etc. Different therapists would use various methods, a few common ones including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Behavioural therapy, Hypnotherapy, Art therapy, Psychoanalysis. Regardless of the model or method, a trained psychotherapist should offer you an environment to express your feelings and help you to gain an insight into the issues you are facing. There is a common misunderstanding that only ‘mad’ people or those with serious mental issues need psychotherapy. In fact, it is not the case, most clients are self-referrals and have various reasons for a therapist, from mental health related issues to athletes want to improve their performance. A commitment to seek help is the first step and sign of good self-care. If you have severe mental health issues, your first port of call should always your GP, who will diagnose and assess if you need any medication or referral. They will advise if talking therapies are suitable at that particular moment.