Psychotherapy encompasses a set of techniques intended to cure or improve psychological and behavioral problems. Psychotherapy is one of the "talking therapies", usually conducted face-to-face between between therapist and patient. Visit Wikipedia for a more detailed explanation. As topics of discussion tend to be of a sensitive nature, patient confidentiality is essential, and therapists are expected, and may be legally bound, to respect patient privacy. BACP Registered counsellors and therapists and UKCP Registered therapists will be bound by the Code of Ethics and Practice demanded by these professional bodies.
Psychotherapists listed below may use one or more of the following kinds of techniques: analytical, behavioural and cognitive, experiential, humanistic or integrative. Some therapists may also use hypnotherapy. Ultimately psychotherapy aims to help patients overcome psychological problems, resulting from stress, trauma, bereavement, relationship breakdown or other causes.