Psychotherapy can be defined in many different ways. Generally speaking, it is seen as a set of evidence-based techniques and tools, aiming to help people relieve psychological, emotional or relational suffering, until its total disappearance or until its intensity is such as to allow a fulfilling life.
Although I partially agree with this definition, I find it incomplete. In fact, I believe that psychotherapy can be defined in many additional ways:
Psychotherapy is a journey within oneself: it is an adventure in search of those aspects of oneself that life has forced one to hide, modify or deny. It can also be a quest for answers to existential doubts and dilemmas, with a view to live a more fulfilling and gratifying life.
Psychotherapy is a journey that “takes two”: thanks to the watchful, non-judgmental and skillful eye of the therapist, clients find it possible to flourish and show who they really are.
Psychotherapy is an act of creativity: thanks to the cooperation with the psychotherapist, clients have the opportunity to tell their story, give new meaning to past events, even to traumatic ones, and find new ways to relate to themselves or to other people. Furthermore, psychotherapy gives clients the chance to create new strategies and develop original solutions for difficult situations, even old, recurring ones.
Psychotherapy is an act of courage: it involves exploring those inner parts which can be perceived as uncomfortable or negative, with the aim to discover (or rediscover) one’s inner strength.