Mental Health

6 Therapy Options to Help You Find the Best Fit

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It can be overwhelming investigating various therapy options and trying to determine the best fit for you and your mental health. It may even feel more difficult than taking care of your physical health, despite the fact that both are equally important.

Even though self-care measures like exercise, a healthy diet, and relaxation can be beneficial, there are times when we need a trained professional to help us uncover and treat the underlying issue we are struggling with.

The right type of therapy can help us explore our thoughts and feelings, recognize patterns and triggers, and develop coping skills in a safe and confidential environment.

Because everyone’s needs and preferences differ, it is critical to remember that there is no “best” type of therapy.

Different Types of Therapy

There are numerous types of therapy, each with its own methodology, goals, and practices. In this blog, we’ll explore some of the different types of therapy that are available, as well as how to choose the approach that is best for you.

1. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a type of talk therapy that focuses on the interaction that exists between our thoughts, emotions, and actions. The goal is to identify and question unhelpful or distorted thoughts in order to replace them with more accurate and upbeat ones.

This type of therapy has been shown to be effective in treating anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health issues.

2. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a type of talk therapy that looks into how events and relationships from the past may be influencing ideas and actions in the present. The therapist helps the client recognize and work through unresolved feelings and conflicts from their past experiences.

Depression, anxiety, PTSD, and relationship problems are all treatable conditions that may benefit from psychodynamic psychotherapy.

3. Humanistic Therapy

This is a type of talk therapy that focuses on the person’s own history and point of view. When someone wishes to investigate their emotions, values, and goals, the therapist fosters an encouraging environment that is free of judgement.

Humanistic therapy may be beneficial for treating depression and anxiety, as well as difficulties in interpersonal relationships and low self-esteem.

4. Family Therapy

This modality typically includes the entire family. The therapist helps the entire family improve their communication, resolve problems, and support one another.

Family therapy may be beneficial in the treatment of a variety of issues, including divorce, addiction, mental illness, and communication difficulties.

5. Group Therapy

When small groups of people have similar issues or goals, it can be beneficial to work on things together. The therapist facilitates group discussions and activities designed to encourage participants to learn, provide feedback, and support one another.

Participation in group therapy can help with the treatment of social anxiety, addiction, grief, and other mental health issues.

6. Art Therapy

Art therapy is a type of talk therapy that encourages people to explore and express their thoughts and emotions through creative activities such as drawing, painting, or sculpting. The therapist guides the person through the process of interpreting and processing the artwork in order to gain insight and healing.

This modality has been shown to be effective in the treatment of a wide range of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, and traumatic experiences.

How to Choose the Right Type of Therapy for You

Step 01 | Now that you’ve read through the above modalities, consider what you’d like to work on, or what issues you’re dealing with.

Step 02 | Find a therapist who practices the type of therapy you’d like to use. Be sure to read their bio to get a sense of who they are and whether they’d be a good fit for you or your family.

Step 03 | Schedule a consultation. Most therapists offer a free initial meeting in which you can discuss your concerns and expectations, ask questions about the therapist’s methodology and experience, and get a sense of whether or not you feel understood and comfortable.

Step 04 | Book your first session!

The right type of therapy can help us explore our thoughts and feelings, recognize patterns and triggers, and develop coping skills in a safe and confidential environment.

In Summary

Keep in mind that we’ve only explored a few of the many therapy modalities that are out there. Because everyone’s needs and preferences differ, it is critical to remember that there is no “best” type of therapy. However, a number of factors, such as your diagnosis, goals, personality, and financial situation, may influence the therapy you choose.

Take control of your mental health today and spend time researching your different options before committing to any one therapist.


If you receive a diagnosis, what do you do next? Check out our printable handout, What To Do After A Diagnosis. For more FREE RESOURCES on this topic and others, visit our free resources page.

Author

Shelly Qualtieri

MA, RSW – Trainer, Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute

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