Traditional Psychotherapy Helps clients understand the behaviors, emotions, and ideas that contribute to his or her illness. They learn how to understand and identify their life problems or events — like a major illness, a death in the family, a loss of a job, or a divorce — that contribute to their negative feelings and help them understand which aspects of those problems they may be able to solve or improve. Coping techniques and problem solving skills are learned and the outcome is a sense of control and pleasure in life. Individual therapists practice in their own unique way using different methods such as cognitive behavioral therapy which helps people to identify and change inaccurate perceptions that they may have of themselves and the world around them. The therapist helps the client establish new ways of thinking and the assumptions they make about themselves and others. Interpersonal therapy focuses on the behaviors and interactions a client has with family and friends. The primary goal of this therapy is to improve communication skills and increase self-esteem during a short period of time. It usually lasts three to four months and works well for depression caused by mourning, relationship conflicts, major life events, and social isolation.