What kind of therapy is best for me?

Finding the best form of treatment for mental health issues is crucial. Some psychological problems are best treated with a specific type of strategy. We will be discussing primary approaches used in treating common mental health issues. The following are a few tips on how to decide which type of treatment is best for you.

Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic Therapies

In one of the most traditional forms of therapy, the patient expresses their thoughts freely as the therapist helps them relate these thoughts to recurring themes in their life. This therapeutic approach is highly effective for individuals with anxiety, depression, social phobia, panic disorder, and personality disorders.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Therapists help the client learn new ways of coping with stress and challenges. This therapeutic approach is highly effective for individuals with depression, anxiety, eating disorder, bipolar disorder, anger management, substance use disorder, and OCD to mention a few. It is a short-termed approach, typically ranging from about five to 20 sessions.

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy

DBT is a skill-based therapy focusing on regulating emotions, building healthy relationships, and acceptance strategies. It is often used to treat issues such as borderline personality disorder, self-harm tendencies, PTSD, eating disorders, and more. Therapists help the client learn new ways of coping with stress and challenges.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Through rhythmic tones or taps, EMDR helps these people process traumatic memories and stressful situations. This gives people the chance to work through tangled experiences by embracing the logic and emotion of the situation. It has been proven effective with individuals for abuse, trauma, panic attacks, and extreme anxiety-provoking situations.

Family therapy

The therapist helps the family work on improving communication skills, and coping skills, strengthening relationships, identifying problem areas, and providing effective conflict management strategies. Family therapy focuses on family interactions and dynamics. This approach is usually short-term and goal-focused with no long-term implications.

Couple therapy

Couples therapy is a type of psychotherapy that can strengthen your bond with your partner. The therapist will employ strategies to identify emotions, explore the past and teach effective problem-solving skills. It works for couples at every stage of their relationship and improves relationship satisfaction.

Group therapy

Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy where a group of people comes together to support one another and themselves. There are many different techniques for group therapy, but they all focus on providing a safe, coherent environment where people can talk about their personal, interpersonal, and social problems.

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This blog was written under the expert guidance and feedback from Ms. Suvethaa Vasu, Clinical Psychologist at CareMe Health Edited and Coordinated by Ram

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