Psychlopedia – Common Therapy Terms

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People go to counseling and therapy for a variety of reasons. Often, people seek therapy for the first time because someone close to them–a family member, friend, or doctor–has suggested they get help. Others seek counseling because they have identified specific goals or issues that they wish to work on. In some cases, a person may be mandated to attend therapy as part of a court ruling or by a parent or guardian (if the person is a minor).

A common misconception is that people who go to therapy are “crazy.” On the contrary, having a mental health condition is no different than having a physical ailment; there need not be shame in seeking treatment. Also, most therapy clients are people struggling with common, everyday issues. There is virtually no “right” or “wrong” reason to enlist the help of a mental health professional. The help of the right therapist can promote self-actualization, empower self-growth, improve relationships, and reduce emotional suffering. A therapist or counselor is there to work with clients collaboratively on whatever is most distressing or important to them. Often in therapy, a client and the therapist will explore much more than just the client’s initial presenting problem–that is, the main problem that brought the client to therapy. Together, the client and the therapist will decide the goals of therapy, and if the therapy should be short- or long-term.

Want to learn more about why people go to therapy? Click on the terms below to learn more. (They will added over time…please come back and check often.)



  • Batterer Intervention
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying


  • Cancer
  • Career Counseling
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency
  • Commitment Issues
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Cyclothymia


  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction


  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness

  • Family Problems
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness


  • Gambling Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Guilt


  • HIV / AIDS
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Hoarding


  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation


  • Jealousy


  • LGBT Issues (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender)
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Life Purpose


  • Men’s Issues and Problems
  • Midlife Crisis
  • Mood Swings
  • Multicultural Concerns


  • Obsessions and Compulsions / OCD
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teens

  • Panic
  • Paranoia
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Psychosis


  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues


  • Schizophrenia
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicide


  • Trust Issues


  • Values Clarification


  • Women’s Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness


  • Young Adult Issues


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