The Different Types of Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy can be a powerful vehicle for personal transformation. In therapy you’ll have an opportunity to explore your inner world and gain an understanding of your feelings, emotions and relationships in a confidential and caring environment.
Research has now shown that individual psychotherapy can be highly effective at improving the symptoms of a wide range of mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety and OCD. It can also be beneficial for families, couples and groups.
Individual and couples therapy has lost it’s stigma over the years. More and more people are embracing the idea of psychotherapy in their life, but many are confused which is the right type for them. The following are some of the most common types of psychotherapy to give you a better idea of your options:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most used modalities in therapy. CBT is effective because it looks at the relationship between an individual’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors. By changing the thoughts one has we can effect the feelings they have to create a healthier narrative about their life and experiences. It is a very empowering form of psychotherapy and works on a variety of issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and relationship difficulties.
Eye Movement Desensitization And Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR) has been used successfully for decades to treat PTSD. EMDR works by reducing the emotional distress that has been stored away in the brain and body from past traumas.
In each EMDR session, I assist my clients in experiencing alternating hand sensations that essentially find the lingering traumatic emotions and disarm them.
Interpersonal therapy focuses on improving the relationships an individual has with others. In these sessions we work together to unpack a client’s social interactions to recognize any negative patterns. Patterns can include social isolation and fears. The goal is for the person to learn strategies for interacting positively with themselves and others.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of types of psychotherapy. But if you are interested in learning more about psychotherapy and would like to explore treatment options, I would be happy to speak with you. Please feel free to email me today.