Psychotherapy is a special relationships between an individual, family, or couple, and a licensed and trained professional, such as a psychologist, designed to define, understand, and resolve problems that negatively impact relationships, self-esteem and optimal living. 

Psychotherapy differs greatly from a casual conversation with a  'good listener' or friend. A trained professional recognizes the common communication problems, thoughts, behaviors, attitudes and coping strategies that block people from making positive changes in their lives. Psychotherapy is not just a way to "fix" problems, but an endeavor to imbue life with meaning, to build strength and resilience to life's challenges, and to create happiness.