Talking therapies are psychological treatments for mental and emotional problems like stress, anxiety and depression. There are many different types of talking therapy, but they all involve working with a trained and qualified therapist. The therapist helps you find answers to the problems you’re having.For some problems and conditions, one type of talking therapy may be better than another.
Different talking therapies also suit different people, we like to have a chat with you to make sure we can arrange the right type of therapist to work with the the problem tour presenting.
17 Types of Therapy
1: CBT Therapy A therapist uses CBT to explore the relationship between a person’s behaviour and thoughts, feelings, or both. A CBT therapist will work with an individual to uncover unhealthful thought patterns. The therapist will discuss with the person how these patterns might or do cause self-destructive behaviors and beliefs.
Together, the therapist and their client can work on developing constructive ways of thinking. These changes can offer a healthier, more positive outlook and help a person change their behaviors and beliefs.
is similar to CBT. However, DBT focuses more on regulating emotions, being mindful, and accepting uncomfortable thoughts and feelings.
A therapist uses DBT to help a person find a balance between change and acceptance. Using DBT, a therapist can teach a person new skills, such as new ways to cope with a situation and mindfulness practices.
Psychotherapists first developed DBT to treat people with BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER who were experiencing thoughts of suicide.
3: Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing Therapy
EMDR is a technique that therapists primarily use to treat people with PTSD.
EMDR involves a person recalling a traumatic event while performing specific eye movements.
EMDR aims to replace adverse reactions to painful memories with less charged or positive responses.
The benefits of EMDR remain controversial. One conclusion was that the benefits derive from a person’s exposure to the trauma rather than the eye movement.
ET is a form of CBT and therapists have successfully used exposure therapy to treat people with fear and anxiety disorders.
A person undergoing exposure therapy will work with their therapist to figure out what triggers their anxiety. The person will learn methods to avoid ritualistic behaviors or anxiety after exposure to these triggers.
The therapist will then expose the person to their triggers in a controlled environment to put these methods into practice.
5: Interpersonal Therapy
Interpersonal therapy aims to help a person work on their relationships with others. Therapists often use interpersonal therapy to treat depression.
During interpersonal therapy, the therapist evaluates a person’s social interactions and helps them to notice negative patterns. The therapist can then help the person learn ways to understand and interact positively with others.
MBT) is an effective treatment to treat BPD.
MBT involves a technique called mentalizing. This therapy helps people with BPD to notice and understand their thoughts and feelings and those of others.
Its primary aim is to give a person with BPD a sense of self and help them connect to other people.
Psychodynamic therapy aims to help a person combat negative patterns of behavior that derive from past experiences.
This form of therapy involves a person speaking freely in response to a therapist’s questions, which allows a therapist to identify patterns of behavior and thought.
Once a person understands how experiences have created unhelpful behaviors and feelings, they can learn to overcome them.
8: Animal-assisted Therapy
Animal-assisted therapy involves a person spending time with a trained therapy pet. A therapy pet can help reduce a person’s anxiety, as well as help those with PTSD.
Some hospitals, nursing homes, and other medical facilities use therapy pets to provide support or comfort.
9: Emotion-focused Therapy
Emotion-focused therapy (EFT) focuses on building awareness of emotions and regulating and resolving them. EFT encourages people to work on their emotions rather than suppressing them.
10: Family Therapy
Family therapy involves working with a family unit to help an individual within the family resolve specific issues. Family therapists help a family understand and work through patterns of negative behaviour that may cause underlying problems.
Group therapy allows people experiencing similar issues to join together as a group to resolve them. In group therapy, a therapist leads the discussion, and individuals can comment or contribute personal thoughts and experiences.
Group therapy helps a person see that they are not alone, and it offers people an opportunity to support each other.
However, a disadvantage of group therapy is that a person does not get the same amount of one-on-one attention as they would in a one-to-one therapy situation.
Group therapy is also less confidential, meaning some people may be reluctant to share their experiences.
Mindfulness roots are in Buddhist meditation, a secular practice of mindfulness has entered the mainstream in recent years. Mindfulness is the practice of becoming present in the moment. Mindfulness aims to encourage a person to observe and accept things as they are and without judgment.
13: Creative Arts Therapy
Creative art therapy aims to engage the mind through various methods of creativity. Creative art therapy allows people to express how they are feeling through different mediums, such as art, dance, music, or poetry.
Specialists use play therapy to help children talk about their thoughts and feelings. Play therapists provide a child with a space where they feel safe and cared for.
Children in play therapy may show their feelings or experiences through how they play. This type of therapy allows a child to deal with behavioral problems, stress, or trauma in a safe environment.
15: Life Coaching A life coach is a type of wellness professional who helps people make progress in their lives in order to attain greater fulfillment. Life coaches aid their clients in improving their relationships, careers, and day-to-day lives.
Life coaches can help you clarify your goals, identify the obstacles holding you back, and then come up with strategies for overcoming each obstacle. In creating these strategies, life coaches target your unique skills and gifts. By helping you to make the most of your strengths, life coaches provide the support you need to achieve long-lasting change.
16: Parks Inner Child Therapy
Penny Parks – Author of Rescuing the Inner Child and Counsellor Guide to Inner Child Therapy.
What is Parks Inner Child Therapy?
Parks Inner Child Therapy (PICT) is a powerful and versatile visualisation-based therapy model. Many PRO Therapists in our Team have been trained by Penny Parks and have this unique qualification. It is an evolving, cognitive form of therapy, with a foundation in basic Transactional Analysis, that incorporates Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) to aid rapid positive change. Although PICT was originally created to specifically help people recover from the trauma and damage of sexual, physical and emotional abuse during childhood (such harm may have been caused deliberately, caused by neglect, or by inadequate parenting which was not intentional), PICT is equally effective for a wide range of emotional problems. Such as: eating disorders, OCD, DID, self harm, ritual abuse, anxiety or depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, phobias, working with abusers, grief and loss issues (including murder, suicide, abortion, miscarriage, still birth, loss of job, material things or pets). PICT therapists also have the skills to assist with Critical Incident Debriefing (witnessing/experiencing highly traumatic events).
PICT is a directional model following a flexible structure adapted to the client’s individual needs. PICT is designed to assist people who have completed the ‘unloading’ process (the initial talking through of past events) to move into the process of deep and lasting change work, or can either facilitate the unloading process and then move on to change work, or accept clients who have already completed the unloading with prior counselling and are now ready for change work.
Counselling is a talking therapy where you talk in confidence to a counsellor. They help you find ways to deal with difficulties in your life. Counselling for depression has been specially developed to help people understand the underlying causes of their depression. Usually in an empathic way reflecting the feelings of the client.