Is benefiting from psychotherapy and counseling with a psychotherapist and counselor different than discussing your issues and problems with family and friends? In particular ways no, and in particular ways yes. As I indicate on my psychotherapy and counseling website (www.BrettRichardsMFT.com), if you are suffering from issues related to anxiety, depression, family, marriage, relationships, or other challenges in your life, then professional psychotherapy and counseling might potentially be helpful to you in ways that family and friends just can’t be. Depending on the particular people, sometimes family and friends might truly wish to help you, and sometimes might actually be encouraging, supportive, and willing to listen to you. However, they often do not really know what to do or say to truly help you in the manner that a professional psychotherapist and counselor is able to. Of course, I could express a lot more regarding why and how this is, and regarding the ways I could be of helpful service to you as a counselor and psychotherapist. If you happen to have questions regarding psychotherapy and counseling, or regarding myself as a psychotherapist and counselor, or if you reside in or near Encino, Tarzana, Woodland Hills, Studio City, Sherman Oaks, or neighboring Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley areas, and wish to set an appointment for psychotherapy and counseling in my Encino psychotherapy office for psychotherapy and counseling including or not including optional Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis, I would happily provide answers to your questions and to start with an INITIAL CONFIDENTIAL CONSULTATION WITHOUT A CHARGE, with zero obligation.