Local psychotherapists are for anyone who needs someone to genuinely listen to their problems, to help get their problems sorted out. Most people think local psychotherapists are only good for people who are severely disturbed, but this is not true at all. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Local psychotherapists are trained to actively listen to you and deeply understand what your problem is. They shouldnt give you advice, but rather help you put your feelings into words so that you can better understand your own problems. Once you better understand where your problem is stemmed from, you can get the proper help you need to solve it. The best local psychotherapists should be fully certified and qualified, but you must understand that to be called a psychotherapist you dont need to be a psychologist or psychiatrist. Psychologists have a PHD or a Masters degree in psychology, and therefore earn the legal title of Psychologist. Psychiatrists, on the other hand, typically go through medical school first, earn a degree in medicine, and then specialize in psychiatry. This enables them to hold the legal title of psychiatrist as well as the legal authority to be able to prescribe necessary medications to their patients. A psychotherapist is anyone who can actively listen to their patient freely and openly talk about anything that comes to their mind. The best local psychotherapists will be able to gather the necessary information from the important things they hear, and give you a summary in their own words of what you just said. When repeated back to you, they will show that they do understand what you are saying. The best local psychotherapists will be able to show empathy rather than sympathy.