How does Psychotherapy Work?

This is the time to de-mystify the mysterious: the mechanics of therapy. It’s impossible to do justice to a process as artful, complex, and multi-dimensional as psychotherapy, but dissecting it into the following may make it clearer.

The main components of therapy are:

  • Therapeutic alliance
  • Neuroscience of psychotherapy
  • Goals of therapy
  • Stages of therapy
  • Overarching principles of therapy
  • General tools of therapy, and
  • Types of therapy.

I will address each of these on the following pages, beginning with the Therapeutic Alliance.