Different types of therapy and how to pick what's for you


There are over fifty types of therapeutic approaches,but working your way through each of them can be overwhelming. So here is a non-exhaustive list of various schools of therapy that will give you a bit of an insight in each one and help guide you to what is useful and how they work.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)- to break a bad habit 

CBT is a widely accepted form of therapy throughout the world and focuses mainly on addressing our feelings, thoughts or behaviors which are said to influence and connect with each other.

The goal of CBT is to replace the negative and harmful thought patterns with ones that are positive and helpful. CBT might be helpful for those with mood disorders, anxiety,OCD and eating issues.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)-to treat addiction and suicidal thoughts 

This type of therapy has been developed for borderline personality disorders and works by developing skills to cope with challenging situations. The aim of DBT is to learn how to deal with and accept difficult emotions through a logical discussion.

DBT helps people develop mindfulness, and emotional regulations which ultimately lead to a  relationship.DBT can be useful for those who are having suicidal tendencies or other self-destructive thoughts.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy- For persistent anxiety

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy(ACT) is a form of CBT that helps the individual living with anxiety to keep under control. In other words,you accept that negative thoughts exist,but instead of trying to change their content,you do not allow them to change your behavior.

Studies at the University of Colorado,Boulder has shown that ACT is effective,if not more than CBT in treating anxiety. A licensed clinical social worker or a professional counselor trained in ACT will be the right person to seek help from.

Psychodynamic Therapy -  For repeated relationship problems

This therapy involves working with a therapist who will examine your past relationship and events that have contributed to your current difficulties.It works by helping you to understand how subconscious factors can affect the way you interact with others.

If you have serious relationship problems that keep recurring,seek the help of a psychologist or a licensed professional counselor with experience in psychodynamic therapy.

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy -  For trauma and deep stress

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy or EMDR is a rapidly growing form of therapy that is finding favor with users since the last couple of years. This type of psychotherapy has been designed to treat PTSD, also referred to as post-traumatic stress disorder and similar issues.

Before trying,make sure your therapist is well trained in the technique as it can be extremely valuable and works exceedingly well with other forms of therapy as well.

Psychoanalysis-for anxiety from self-esteem issues

This form of therapy has been doing the rounds for years and is constantly being updated from time to time as it often has been Psychoanalysis therapy is a form of psychotherapy rooted to the idea that every person is motivated by unconscious desires, thoughts, memories and emotions.

Psychoanalytic therapists adopt free-flowing conversation techniques,in at least one session per week,to accomplish their goal.

Which therapy is right for me?

The right therapy you need may be determined by the issues you need help with and other factors. The best way is to talk to a mental health professional and create a treatment plan based on your measurable health goals.

Can I access it online?

Not only can you get mental therapy online,it is more affordable and convenient than traditional therapy and just as effective as in-person therapy for mild to moderate cases pertaining to anxiety and depression.

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