According to the American Psychological Association (APA), psychological therapy uses scientifically validated procedures to help people develop healthier ways to manage their emotional problems.

Professional such as Registered Psychologists, Canadian Certified Counsellors, and Registered Clinical Counsellors are trained in providing psychological therapy for a range of emotional problems, including psychological conditions (e.g., depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use issues, etc.) and difficult life transitions (e.g., grief, job loss, divorce, adjustment to chronic health conditions, etc.).