The main approaches to psychotherapy
There are many different types of psychotherapy, which are founded in a variety of theories. The few that are most widely known are:
- Cognitive therapy
- Behavioural therapy
- Psychodynamic and psychoanalytic therapies
- Humanistic/experiential therapy
- Positive psychotherapy
- Integrative/holistic or eclectic therapy
- Body-oriented psychotherapies
Within these categories, there is a plethora of techniques. Generally, talk therapy underpins psychotherapeutic techniques, and how much we talk about a problem within a session depends on how the technique works. Some deal in changing our thinking, some focus on changing behaviour, and others look at both together, exploring feelings, or dealing with a variety of approaches depending on what needs to be resolved. Consequently, working on one’s mind can change one’s experience of life to varying degrees.
There are so many more than listed below, but some techniques include:
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Dialectical behavioural therapy
- Exposure therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Holistic counselling
- Existential therapy
- Interpersonal therapy
- Group therapy
- Expressive therapy
- Systemic therapy
One of the benefits in having so many different technical options available, is that we have a range of choices in methods to experience when we make effort to help ourselves.
In my next post, I will be outlining how a person can identify that they may need therapy.
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