Psychotherapy is a goal-directed and professional activity which aims at helping people with mental health problems. It is a general term for treating mental health problems by talking with a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health provider. Therapeutic interaction or treatment contracted between a trained professional and a client, patient, family, couple, or group includes interactive processes between a person or group and a qualified mental health professional. Psychotherapy aims at alleviating and removing mental and interpersonal problems, increasing the individual's sense of his/her own well-being and improving his/her ability to function independently in society. Different approaches include e.g. psychoanalysis, behavior and cognitive behavioral therapy, group and family therapy and the many different forms of treatment derived from these approaches.
The Extension School at the University of Oulu offers psychotherapist training as continuing education. This training fulfills the requirements set by the Council of State on 16.12.2010 (1120/2010, appendix 1). The training is in Finnish.
Last updated: 18.5.2017