4 Different Types of Psychotherapy

Human life can never be a bed of roses. Based on one’s age, gender, society, culture, background, and life stories everybody has their own pain points. Some people take all these as challenges and bounce back to their normal state. There are still some who don’t even bother to sort out their challenges.

There’s one group of people who always stands out from the above. They tend to worry about their financial issues, relationship problems, personal losses, and disorders. This over-thinking will make them submerged into anxieties like a bird being caged. If you’re also in such a state, then no need to worry, you’re not alone.

In this blog, we will walk you through the different types of psychotherapy that specialists follow in order to bring you out of depressions.

1. What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy helps patients to

  • Understand and alter their behaviors and emotions
  • Identify the life events such as a major illness, death in the family, loss of a job, divorce, childhood trauma, or others that stand behind causing illness and help them come out
  • Regain a sense of control and pleasure in life that was lost
  • Learn healthy ways to address the root causes of illness and learn various coping techniques and problem-solving skills to handle future smartly

Psychotherapy can be used for treating patients with anxieties, depressions, bipolar disorders, eating disorders, sleeping sicknesses, addictive natures, and many more.

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2. What are the Various Types of Psychotherapy?

The world of psychotherapy is vast with a wide range of approaches/types. To help you get familiar with the different therapeutic approaches, here we have compiled a list of popular types of psychotherapy.

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy is a popular treatment to patients immersed in depression due to life events in the past and present. In this approach, therapists aim to help you acknowledge and understand negative feelings so as to resolve internal psychological conflicts.

To help you live peacefully in the present and avoid taking unfavorable decisions in the future, psychodynamic therapists encourage you to explore the reasons for taking adverse decisions in the past.

Psychodynamic therapy is a short-term therapy, perhaps there are chances for it to go a year or beyond to obtain the end results.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on the relationship between your thoughts (cognition) and your actions (behavior). The hidden motive behind this treatment is to help you change your thought patterns and give you a healthy mindset.

During CBT sessions, you will learn how to recognize persistent negative thoughts or beliefs and respond to them with an optimum spirit. Here is an example. John has the habit of thinking that he is not fit for anything whenever he makes a mistake.

With the help of a proper CBT treatment, he was able to detect that it was a negative thought. Also, he replaced those negative thoughts with alternative positive thoughts like “Mistakes don’t make me terrible, they make me human. Although I made this mistake, I also do many things correctly and now I have learned from this error”. This is how CBT works.

Infact, making these fluctuations in your thoughts will end up in building a stress-free lifestyle.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

The term “dialectical” refers to the concept of combining two opposite actions in therapy, one is acceptance and the other one is change.

Psychologists educate patients with the skills to regulate their emotions and handle stress with the right mindset. In the initial days, DBT was developed to cure patients with borderline personality disorder, but now it is being used to treat patients suffering from intense negative emotions.

The treatment involves a couple of one-on-one sessions with a psychotherapist and a therapist where the participants develop and practice skills and behaviors needed for managing daily life. In both sessions, DBT patients learn how to handle emotions and navigate conflicts without giving room to impulsive tendencies.

Comprehensive DBT focuses on four ways

  • Distress tolerance: Avoiding intensive emotions like anger, wrath, fear, etc without reacting impulsively or using self-injury elements
  • Emotion regulation: Recognizing, labeling, and adjusting emotions
  • Presence of mind: Becoming aware of social welfare and attentive to the present moment
  • Interpersonal effectiveness: Navigating conflicts and interacting in an assertive way

Humanistic/Experiential Therapy

Humanistic/experiential therapy focuses on a person’s individual behavior rather than the collection of behaviors. The therapy’s holistic self-exploration approach emphasizes a person’s positive behavior in a way to recover. People with depression, anxiety, panic disorders, and low self-esteem can take advantage of this approach.

Over to You

All these four types of psychotherapy including psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and humanistic therapy have a major role to play in the psychotherapy world.

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Each patient’s health conditions differ with their own life experiences, characters, and habits. Depending on the uniqueness of patients, psychologists have to apply suitable approaches. For a successful treatment journey, patients’ cooperation, as well as therapists’ analysis is crucial.

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