Psychotherapy is not easily described in general statements. The presenting complaints are often depression, anxiety or other persistent problematic behaviors/thoughts/feelings. Psychotherapy overlaps with what is often called counseling. It varies depending on the personalities of the psychologist and client and the particular problems you bring forward. My approach is cognitive-behavioral. Psychotherapy is not like a medical doctor visit. Instead, it calls for a very active effort on your part. In order for the therapy to be most successful, you will have to work on things we talk about both during our sessions and at home.
Psychotherapy can have benefits and risks. Since therapy often involves discussing unpleasant aspects of your life, you may experience uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness. On the other hand, psychotherapy has also been shown to have benefits. Therapy often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant reductions in feelings of distress. But there are no guarantees of what you will experience.