Congrats! You’ve made the important decision to go to therapy in order to benefit your mental health and overall well-being. This is often the hardest step when it comes to embracing the importance of self-care. Wondering “What type of therapy do I need?” You definitely aren’t alone!
There are hundreds of different therapies. Deciding between all of them can be quite confusing and even a little overwhelming. To make the decision process a little easier for you, we’ve created this short guide to provide information about some of the most common types of therapy.
Keep reading to learn more so that you can make the best decision for your mental wellness.
Why Some People Need Therapy
In this context, therapy implies psychotherapy. This is person-to-person treatment that is used to help manage and/or treat mental health disorders. Many people seek therapy to get help with anxiety, depression, and addiction.
Psychotherapy can also be used to maintain general mental well-being. Some may seek therapy to deal with grief, relationship problems, and personal development. Many would agree that therapy is a useful service for anyone, even in the absence of a mental health disorder.
The bottom line is that therapy can benefit anyone at any stage in their life. We all have those times when we just need someone to talk to to help us through, and that is totally okay!
Common Types of Therapy
There are many different types of therapy, some more tailored to treat particular conditions. Others are more general. Here are a few of the most widely sought forms of therapy and the benefits they offer.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Also known as CBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on changing how you relate to your thoughts as well as how your thoughts impact your behavior. This is a great form of therapy for people dealing with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is another form of cognitive behavioral therapy that teaches people how to recognize and understand their negative thoughts, which enables them to distance themselves from these thought patterns while also changing how they react to them. MBCT can help with recurrent depression and other mental health disorders.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
DBT emphasizes problem-solving techniques as well as learning acceptance challenges. It’s a great option for those who didn’t get the expected results from other therapies. DBT is widely used to help those who struggle with eating disorders, self-harm, borderline personality disorder, and destructive thought patterns.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) is more popular than ever before. This form of psychotherapy treats the symptoms of trauma. If done right, this type of therapy can provide amazing, long-term results. EMDR is commonly used to benefit those who have been diagnosed with PTSD or anyone who has experienced a deeply stressful or traumatic event.
In addition to these common forms of psychotherapy, there are also different approaches that can be used. While most people seek individual therapy, which is one-on-one, there are other arrangements available.
Family therapy is valuable for siblings, parents, and children or extended family members. Couples therapy can benefit couples who want to create a deeper bond or to prepare for upcoming life events like getting married or starting a family.
Another common therapy arrangement is group therapy. This is most commonly used to help those who are dealing with substance abuse or addiction. In this setting, people with a similar life experience are able to work together to learn, grow, and overcome.
Other Forms of Therapy & Techniques
Therapy doesn’t always have to be clinical and structured. There are all sorts of therapy programs that go beyond talking. Some of these therapies include:
- Art therapy
- Animal therapy
- Music therapy
- Nature-based therapy
- Nutrition therapy
As you can see, there is no shortage of therapy options available to you. Whether you’re interested in talk therapy or CBT or want to grow through the use of music therapy, you can do just that! What’s important is that you choose a type, approach, and technique that most benefits you and best meets your needs.
Therapy Options at Dedicato Treatment Center
Dedicato Treatment Center is more than just a rehab facility for those suffering from drug abuse, dependence, or addiction. We’ve created a holistic program that is designed to help each of our patient’s achieve optimal mental health along with recovery.
We’re proud to offer a variety of therapies, including art therapy, CBT, a 12 step program, group therapy, release prevention, individual therapy, and many others. Whether you want to overcome addiction, a mental health issue, or both, our team is here to help.
Contact us today to learn about the Dedicato way and how we can help you become the best version of yourself.