Different Types of Therapy [Psychotherapy]: Which is Best

Often the most challenging decision that we have to make is commitment. However, if you have already decided to seek help, you are on the right track, and I applaud you on your decision.

But now comes the fun part, yet extremely important! And that is making a selection.

Deciding to seek help is only the first step of your journey to better mental health. The first question you have to ask yourself is: What kind of therapy is right for me?

In this post, I will go over 6 most Common types of therapy and why they might be right for you.

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First, let’s talk about Different Types Of Therapy and understand why some people need it.

When talking about therapy, we are mostly talking about psychotherapy. Psychotherapy is a person-to-person treatment or management of our mental health problems, disorders, and the upkeep of our mental health.

Many people seek therapy for specific mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, loss, illness, and so much more. Believe me. You will be supervised on how much a single therapy can help and how wide its scope is. So, there are many different types of therapy based on what we are looking for.

Unfortunately, about half of U.S. adults experience a mental illness in their life. However, many don’t get treatment because of the myths surrounding therapy.

I am sure you have heard of some of them,

Therapy is only for crazy people;

But on the contrary, therapy is for anyone who is looking for outside feedback and support. In the age of tech addiction and the growing societal loneliness level, therapy is an integral part of life.

You need to have a mental health problem to go to therapy;

Well, if you ask me, I would say yes and no. Sure, if someone has a mental health problem, therapy can be a good option for them. But therapy can help anyone experiencing emotional difficulty or working through life obstacles, not just mental health problems. A truly good therapist can really help you navigate your life-changing events. That could be moving, changing jobs, becoming a parent, improving your habits, and so much more.

Therapy is for the weak;

If you think life is only about winning and losing, then you are completely wrong. Therapy is not about winning. We all operate on a different level, and therapy is a way to give ourselves the boost we need. Going to therapy takes an act of true courage and is a sign of personal strength, not a weakness.

All therapists say is, “and how does that makes you feel?”

Although it is extremely important to help people verbalize their feeling, this sentence is not what therapy is about. A good therapist will always create a dynamic relationship with learned techniques through years of schooling and experience, customized to their like with a unique approach for each client. and there are many different types of therapy that may fit your needs. My goal is to help you see them and understand what is it that you need.

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So what are the different types of therapy?

Well, now the important question comes to mind.

What are the most common & different types of counseling?

  1. First, we have Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is a short-term therapy that is mainly focused on changing how people relate to their thoughts and how such thoughts affect behavior. CBT has many known methods such as Cognitive Therapy, or Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and so much more. This is one of many different types of counseling.

CBT might be the right choice for you if you are dealing with an anxiety disorder or experiencing panic attacks, Bipolar disorder, OCD, and phobias.

  1. Then we have Dialectical Behavior Therapy

DBT is a comprehensive type of cognitive therapy. It is there to help you learn problem-solving techniques and strategies.

DBT may be a good choice for you if another type of therapy has not worked for you. This type of therapy is used to treat issues such as self-harm, eating disorder, borderline personality disorder, destructive thought patterns, and more.

  1. Next is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy or EMDR have been growing in the past years due to their popularity. It is a psychotherapy that is designed to treat symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder / PTSD and other traumas. However, it is essential to ensure that your therapist is trained and certified to utilize and practice this technique. If done right, this can be incredibly valuable and can be used to work with other types of therapy.

EMDR might be an excellent choice for you if you have experienced trauma or stressful events that cause you extreme anxiety.

  1. Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy or MBCT is another cognitive-behavioral technique that utilizes mindfulness exercises to help individuals see and understand their negative thoughts giving them the power to manage and alter how they feel and react to them. As I mentioned there are many different types of counseling but this one is truly my favorite.

MBCT might be a good option for you if you are suffering from recurrent depression or have unexplained stress. This technique can also be used in many aspects of life.

  1. Next is Psychoanalysis

The psychoanalysis concept has been in use for many years and has also been modified, updated, and adjusted many times to fit our needs today.

Psychoanalysis is known as talk therapy. It is still a common therapy type that can bring our unconscious problems to the surface, allowing them to be dissected and resolved.

Psychoanalysis may be a good option for you if you have anxiety or self-esteem issues and you would like to explore it further.

  1. Next is Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy is rooted in psychoanalysis and is another type of psychotherapy but a bit simpler. In this technique, the therapist starts by understanding you. What you like, don’t like, your feelings, beliefs, and even your life experiences.

Then the therapist will help you recognize and change recurring patterns. This method could be short-term for as little as two months, but it could also take up to two years.

Psychodynamic therapy may be a good option for you if you are generally alright but having a hard time with your past and worry about how it may affect your future.

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Final word

As with any other occupations, therapists don’t just focus on one method. They usually have a good knowledge and experience of many methods, and they will tailor it to the client’s need.

Also, you need to know yourself. No one knows you better than you.

Personally, I know that if I suffer from PTSD and have issues with letting go of my past traumatic experiences, but CBT will not be a good option for me as I don’t find it helpful. However, MBCT is highly effective on me.

So, to save money, time and make my treatment effective, I would start with something that helps me rather than just booking a therapist without knowing what method they use.

This is very personal but trusts me, therapy is not a magic pill that you take, and everything will be fine overnight. It takes time, and the time you put into it can help your past, now, and even future-self.

So take your time and research what may be the right choice for you. Also don’t only lesson me to do your homework maybe I missed something that is right for you. But know one thing. You are great, and you deserve to be happy, healthy, and live the life that you dream of having.

As always, I am so glad that I could help you and make your decision a bit easier. I know how crazy it can get to look for these things but know that it only takes one-step to start moving, and once you move, you are immediately on track to make a difference.

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Ehsan Adib Shabahang
I am Ehsan Shabahang Born, originally from Iran. My dream is to be part of your life and connect with people. Helping people has been my passion for many years, and it continues to be the thing that drives me to grow. I am one of those people that tries to find the answer to a problem, and I always work very hard to ensure that the information that I provide is correct. But, if I made a mistake let me know and forgive me in advance.
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