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Different Types of Therapy

February 13, 2023 

Therapy is a form of treatment that aims to help resolve mental and emotional issues. It could also help with coping skills or how to eliminate issues. There are many different types of therapies. One specific type is psychotherapy, also referred to as talk therapy. It involves the person speaking with a trained therapist who can help them understand certain emotions and behaviors. A few more are:

  • Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT)

    • Explores the relationship between behavior and thought, feelings or both

    • Uncovers unhealthy thought patterns 

    • Effective for anxiety disorder, depression, bipolar disorders, eating disorders, and trauma-related disorders

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

    • Focuses on regulating emotions, being mindful, accepting uncomfy thoughts and feelings

    • Helps find balance between change and acceptance

    • Teaches new skills to cope with situations and mindful practice 

    • Was first developed for Borderline Personality Disorders

    • Used to treat eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders, substance use disorders, and mood disorders 

  • Exposure Therapy (a form of CBT)

    • Used to treat fear and anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders, and phobias

    • Learn new methods to avoid ritualistic behaviors and anxiety after exposure to trigger

    • Exposes triggers in a controlled environment

  • Animal-Assisted Therapy

    • Spending time with trained therapy pets

    • Helps with anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorders

  • Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)

    • Builds awareness of emotions, regulating and resolving them

    • Works through emotions rather than suppressing them

    • Used to treat depression, trauma, social anxiety, eating disorders, relationship issues, and interpersonal problems

  • Group Therapy 

    • Allows those who have experienced similar issues to join in a group to resolve them

    • Helps see that they are not alone, but it is less confidential

    • Benefits, personality disorders, addiction, trauma, anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, and much more