What therapy do I need ?
What therapy do I need ?
There are so many different types of therapy out there. The type of therapy always depends
on the problems that you are facing as an individual. This means that a therapist will define
their treatment plan based on the diagnosis they formulate. However, if you have some
knowledge concerning therapy and counseling, you already want to seek specific services.
Here is a list of the different types of therapy.
1. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
This therapy focuses on identifying and changing negative thought patterns and behaviors
contributing to emotional distress. You and your therapist will work together to identify
negative thoughts and beliefs contributing to your emotional distress. Together you will
identify the patterns and form a strategy for dealing with them. You will learn how to
challenge yourself when faced with a challenging situation. It often treats depression,
anxiety, eating disorders, and addictions.
In this therapy, the focus is on exploring unconscious patterns of thought and behavior that
may be contributing to your everyday challenges. It is based on the idea that from our early
life experiences, we store things in our unconscious mind which shape our current
behaviors. You and your therapist will work together to explore your thoughts, feelings, and
behaviors to gain insight into the underlying causes of your present problems. Therefore, you might end up looking at:
- childhood issues like neglect, attachment, trauma,
- Relationships; abuse, toxicity
- Defense mechanisms; these are the ways you try to protect yourself unknowingly. I have expounded more about it in the link.
3. Solution Focused brief therapy
You and the therapist try to maximize your time together in this therapy. Therefore, it is
focused on achieving goals as quickly as possible. It is based on the idea that individuals
can solve their problems and that therapy should focus on identifying and building on their
strengths rather than their weaknesses or problems. Helpful with problem-solving cases
4. Existential therapy
This therapy emphasizes the individual’s search for meaning and purpose in life. It relies on
the idea that Individuals are responsible for creating meaning in their lives and that this
search for meaning is a fundamental part of human existence. With the therapist, you will
examine your thoughts, feelings, and actions to understand yourself and your purpose in life
better. The therapist may also encourage you to explore your values and beliefs and to
consider how these influence your actions and decisions. Helpful when dealing with
suicidal ideations and depression.
5. Mindfulness-based therapies
It involves learning mindfulness meditation and other mindfulness practices to help
individuals become more aware of their thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations. It is
often used in combination with other therapy techniques. It is helpful when handling
depression, anxiety, addiction, stress, and chronic pain.
In conclusion, there are more types of therapy; however, I tried to list a few of the most
commonly used. It is okay to know what kind of therapy you might need but as a therapist,
I advocate that you should go open-minded to the therapy session.