A growing number of people around the world are beginning to understand the benefits of therapy. Mental health is no longer a social taboo to discuss, so therapy is finally getting the accolades it deserves.
However, many people don’t realize that there is more than one form of therapy. When people think of the word “therapy,” they imagine themselves lying on a comfy couch describing their childhood relationship with their mother to someone in professional attire. However, this vision only provides a small insight into the world of therapy.which offers several types of treatment and other benefits.
If you’re looking to start therapy but aren’t sure what options are available or what you can get out of it, this article is for you. This article will introduce you to several popular forms of therapy so you can see a wide range of services that therapy has to offer.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
CCT aims to address any thoughts or emotions that are unnecessary, problematic, or contribute to mental illness. The sessions are designed to find any thought patterns that may be causing distress or problems in your life. Your therapist will focus on the thoughts that consume you in the present and help you find more helpful thoughts and feelings that will positively impact your life.
Although you don’t need to be diagnosed with a mental illness to try this form of therapy (or any other type of therapy), mental health issues are a popular reason people try CBT. People generally seek treatment for the following conditions:
- Eating disorders
- borderline personality disorder
Therefore, if you live with one of these diseases and are plagued by negative or unnecessary thoughts, CBT can help you.
However, note that little work is done to explore past events and how they affect you now. Instead, the focus is more on existing symptoms now and what changes can be made to improve in the future. As a result, this type of therapy is usually short term as it has a more specific goal.
Behavioral therapy is a more action-based approach with a focus on specific behaviors. The philosophy of behavior therapy is that certain behaviors are learned from the past. Therefore, the analysis of the past and its effects on the present is central to this form of therapy.
Behavioral therapy has helped many people with symptoms of various disorders. Some of them include:
humanistic therapy is the most client-guided form of therapy on this list. This type of therapy focuses on exploring your worldview and how it shapes your decisions and your life.
The philosophy of humanistic therapy is that you know your experiences and needs better than anyone else, which is why your therapist lets you guide the session. They may add tips or hints along the way, but don’t interpret your feelings, thoughts, or experiences for you.
The goal of humanistic therapy is to help you live your best life. Therefore, it is not focused on treating illnesses or mental disorders. However, this type of therapy can still help relieve symptoms for those living with:
- Substance use disorder
Psychodynamic therapy is a form of long-term therapy that allows you to discuss whatever is on your mind. For example, you can talk about current challenges, goals, past experiences, or even dreams. The goal of this therapy is to uncover any patterns of thoughts or behaviors that might be causing you problems or distress.
Psychodynamic therapy can last for years, but people often continue to improve even after completing their sessions. It is a powerful and intensive form of therapy, but it has a excellent track record and results.
Some common conditions that may improve with psychodynamic therapy include:
- Eating disorders
- Substance use disorder
Choosing the right type of therapy can be a daunting task. However, understanding the different approaches available will help you determine what you need from your sessions. Do you want to focus on thought patterns and emotions? Or do you want to examine your behaviors? Do you prefer something short term or are you hoping for long term therapy?
Everyone has different needs and expectations of their therapist. I hope this article has given you a good introduction to some of the more popular types so you can narrow your search.
Marie Miguel has been an expert writer and researcher for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health-related topics. Currently, she is helping to expand and grow a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing the stigma associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target topics related to anxiety and depression.