Therapy can help improve symptoms of many mental health conditions. In therapy, people can learn to cope with symptoms that may not respond to treatment right away. Therapy as opposed to coaching (which is more on capacity building) is more towards problem solving and finding solutions. Research shows the benefits of therapy last longer than medication alone. Medication can reduce some symptoms of mental health conditions, but therapy teaches people skills to address many symptoms on their own with the advice and guidance of their medical doctors. These skills last after therapy ends.
Therapists are not medical doctors (i.e., people who diagnose and prescribe). Therapists work with doctors and other healthcare professionals where and when necessary to help individuals who struggle to find answers to their own problems. As therapists use a range of cognitive and behavioral techniques and use active listening as a strategic tool to listen and help clients deconstruct and breakdown their problems to find solutions, answers which are often hidden within themselves, the technique is unique in that the client is guided in a way that helps them gain control and agency over their own lives.