If you’re going through a difficult time or struggling with mental health issues, we understand, and we’re here for you. With our psychotherapy and counseling services, we can help you get through the challenges you’re facing. Our compassionate team will work hard to help you find healthy solutions to problems and relieve distressing emotions.

What Is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy, also called talk therapy, is an effective technique practiced by mental health professionals for decades. It involves developing a trusting relationship between the therapist and patient to promote openness and exploration. The goal of psychotherapy is to:

  • Relieve emotional pain
  • Address the root causes of mental health struggles
  • Restore a sense of hope
  • Promote healing and well-being

During a psychotherapy session, you and your therapist may explore life challenges, troubling emotions, relationship issues or traumatic experiences — whatever topics will benefit your mental health. Psychotherapy sessions are tailored to your specific needs and move at a pace that’s comfortable for you.

What’s the Difference Between Counseling and Psychotherapy?

“Psychotherapy” and “counseling” are often used interchangeably, but there are some differences. Psychotherapy dives deep into a person’s experiences, thoughts and feelings. It aims to address chronic or recurring issues.

Counseling typically focuses on the present. It aims to offer solutions to a specific and current life stressor or mental health symptom.

Psychotherapy and counseling both effectively help people live healthier, more fulfilling lives. We offer both approaches to provide the most comprehensive care possible. Contact us to ask about our psychotherapy and counseling services.

What Can Psychotherapy Help With?

Psychotherapy can be used to treat many conditions and emotional challenges. For example, psychotherapy can help you cope with:

  • Insomnia
  • Trauma or abuse
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Relationship problems
  • Stressful events, such as divorce, job loss or medical diagnosis
  • Loneliness
  • Chronic pain
  • Burnout
  • Family stress
  • Financial hardship
  • Life transitions
  • Problematic behaviors

Psychotherapy is also often used to treat mental health disorders such as:

  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance use disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Schizophrenia

Who Can Benefit From Psychotherapy?

Anyone who notices that their quality of life isn’t what they expect it to be can benefit from psychotherapy. Whether you’re having persistent sadness or going through a difficult time, psychotherapy can help you learn healthy behaviors, develop positive thought patterns and identify solutions to your problems.

Here are some signs that you’ll benefit from psychotherapy:

  • You suffer from excessive worry or always feel on edge
  • You find it hard to stay focused and do your daily activities
  • Your problems aren’t getting better even with efforts made by you and family members
  • You feel hopeless and sad constantly
  • You’re consuming too much alcohol or using drugs
  • You’re experiencing frequent anger or becoming violent

Psychotherapy for Adults and Teens

Psychotherapy can help you at any age, whether you’re a teenager or an adult. At Advanced Psychiatry Associates, we offer psychotherapy and counseling services for ages 14 and beyond.

Here’s how psychotherapy can help in any stage of life:


Psychotherapy offers numerous benefits to adults of all ages. With proper therapy, individuals experiencing mental health disorders or emotional challenges can enjoy good relationships at home, at work and in their communities. Some of the major benefits of psychotherapy include the following:

  • Fewer problems or more engagement with daily activities
  • A greater sense of contentment and happiness
  • Restored or improved personal relationships with family and friends
  • Greater capacity to function at work and in your personal life
  • Improved financial stability
  • Reduced social isolation
  • Fewer visits to the clinic to treat physical symptoms
  • Better quality of life and overall personal satisfaction

A mental health disorder or stressful life event can make someone feel hopeless and overwhelmed most of the time. That’s because mental health disorders and stress can affect how you think about yourself and the world around you. Psychotherapy can help you gain a renewed sense of hope and return to a healthier, more active lifestyle.

Restoration of hope is one of the greatest benefits of psychotherapy. Our doctors, counselors and therapists use different types of psychotherapy to help patients restore their sense of hope.


From bullying to mood swings, teens also have challenges to cope with. Before a teen’s issues become very serious, it’s vital to seek professional help. Psychotherapy can help prevent minor issues from graduating into major mental health problems. It can also teach middle- and late-stage adolescents important coping mechanisms.

If you believe your teenager could benefit from talking to a mental health counselor, don’t hesitate to book an appointment with us immediately. A few therapy sessions can go a long way toward improving your teen’s overall health and well-being. Therapy has been effective in helping teenagers overcome issues like depression, low self-esteem, anxiety disorders and substance abuse issues.

Contact Our Sacramento Therapists for Mental Health Services

Whether you’re an adult, teen or couple seeking psychotherapy or counseling services, we can help. Our full-service outpatient facilities offer diagnoses, treatment, medication management and exceptional care. We have offices in Sacramento and throughout northern and southern California.

For more information about our mental health services, please give us a call or schedule an appointment online.

“I’ve been going here over a year now. I’ve always been treated professionally. Everyone is so nice. My clinicians are courteous and caring. Everyone I’ve dealt with has treated me respectfully while I’ve been learning to deal with my diagnoses. Highly recommend this office!”

- KIM K.