The elements of the treatment process all psychotherapies involve a helping relationship (the treatment) b/n the professional with special training (therapist) and the person in need of help (client) called the therapeutic triad . Kazdin estimates there are over 400 distinct types of psychotherapy. Approaches to treatment can be classified into 3 major categories: Traditionally only physicians have been able to prescribe medications but psychologists have been fighintg for privelages and they have obtained privelages in 2 states to date (new mexico and louisiana) The 3 major classes are not incompatible; someone seen in insight therapy can also be given medication. The utilization peaks in the 35-44yrs old bracket. Treatment is also more likely for people with medical insurance and more education; the 2 biggest barriers to therapy are lack of health insurance and cost concerns. Biggest roadblock is the stigma surrounding the receipt of mental health services many people adequate seeking help with weakness.