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Talk Therapy

If you visit a counselor, they’ll likely use one or more of these five types of psychotherapy.

Psychotherapy sounds intimidating to some, but it is a proven way to treat a variety of mental health disorders. Children and adults who suffer from depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, addictions, or post traumatic stress disorder can all find relief and healing through talk therapy with a professional counselor. Sessions may be done on a one-on-one basis, as a couple, as a family, or in a group. In many cases, psychotherapy may be used along with medication to treat mental health conditions.

Through psychotherapy, you will learn the emotions, behaviors, and thinking that influence your mental disorder and how to change them; what past life events may have contributed to the disorder; and healthy ways of coping and problem-solving. The end result is a renewed sense of control and enjoyment of life.

Depending on your disorder, a therapist may incorporate one or more of the following approaches to psychotherapy.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) seeks to reveal and change the faulty thinking and actions behind a mental illness. Through talk therapy, a therapist teaches new ways of thinking and acting to replace harmful thought and behavioral patterns. The patient learns problem solving skills they can use in everyday life.

CBT is recommended for treating depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and interpersonal problems for all ages.

Psychodynamic Therapy

With roots in the work of Sigmund Freud, psychoanalysis and psychodynamic therapy focuses on the unconscious feelings or thoughts that influence behavior and thoughts. You may not be aware of the childhood experiences, unresolved conflicts, motivations, or negative thoughts that make you the person you are today. Through talk therapy, a therapist works to help you change unhealthy thought patterns and increase self-awareness so you feel more control over life.

Interpersonal Therapy

Often used to treat depression or relationship problems, interpersonal therapy (IPT) addresses underlying interpersonal issues between family and friends that contribute to mental illness. This may include unresolved conflict, grief, communication issues, or major life changes. IPT teaches healthy ways of communicating and expressing emotion.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Therapists often use dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) to treat high-risk or tough-to-treat patients. This could include patients who are suicidal or those who have PTSD, personality disorders, compulsive lying, or eating disorders. DBT is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that may be done on an individual basis or in a group. Dialectical incorporates the two opposites of acceptance and change in therapy. The goal is to help the patient regulate emotions, become more mindful of self and others, resolve conflict, and learn the skills necessary to replace unhealthy behaviors.

Supportive Therapy

Some people lack an emotional support system of family and friends to help them through difficult times. Life is already hard, but mental health disorders make life even more difficult to navigate. With supportive therapy, a therapist is by your side to help support you through times of emotional distress, allowing you to vent your problems before offering advice or solutions.

In some cases of supportive therapy, the therapist acts as a sounding board. In these cases, the therapist simply listens and offers encouraging words. The goal of this therapy is to help the patient learn coping tools, improve self-esteem, and implement ways of managing anxiety. In some cases, supportive therapists may need to meet with their clients more frequently than with other types of therapy.