Well, for many mental health Issues, there are different types of treatments. Psychotherapy is a "talking" treatment for various types of psychological pain. A client will see a therapist perhaps once a week for predetermined sessions, which may be about 50 - 55 minutes in length. Some people say they don’t need psychotherapy because they have friends to talk to.
Psychotherapy is not just talking about your problems with any one. Psychotherapists have gone to school for many years of training in very specific areas of study. Psychologists, psychiatrists, registered nurses, and social workers all must meet the standards and guidelines set out by their governing or license boards.
Psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, emotion focused, and narrative therapy, are only some of the many types of therapies out there.
Psychotherapy is available in individual, marital, family or group sesssions. When seeking therapists, find out their qualifications. (What governing boards they belong to? What types of issues he/she specializes in?) Essentially, you are buying a service so make sure you are getting the best care possible.