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Psychotherapy is a service provided by a trained psychotherapist in an effort to recognize and treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders in their clients by psychological means. The process utilizes various forms of interaction and communication to accomplish this goal. The treatment may be for an individual, a family unit of a group. The approach is also called talk therapy.

PSYCHOTHERAPY: "Although she had her doubts, Laura found that psychotherapy was helping her in her everyday life."

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