Therapists have knowledge of the human condition and are skilled in certain techniques that will give you a roadmap to achieving your goals. Part of the process is getting to know you to tailor a plan for you in a non-threatening, life affirming atmosphere. From there treatment goals are created collaboratively with you and "homework" is offered to help you change your patterns of thoughts and behaviors. Don't worry. You are not being graded. By homework, we mean putting the tools that you learn in a session into actual practice! Psychotherapy (also known as counseling) is particularly useful for treating anxiety, depression, anger issues, relationship issues, past trauma, grief, and existential crises. With psychotherapy, people tend to get better at different rates and sometimes not at all. Like improving your physical fitness, improving your emotional well-being will take effort and persistence. If you feel that you are not making progress then this is something to discuss with your psychotherapist. Psychotherapy has helped many individuals improve their overall happiness and well-being. In fact, it appears that U.S. society has finally realized that it is too valuable a process to be used solely with those who have severe mental health issues.