Types of Talk Therapy

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Talk therapy is often referred to as psychotherapy, and refers to a range of treatment modalities all of which include discussions with a mental health professional as the core of treatment. While using talk therapy, therapists and clients talk about emotions, motivations, thoughts and behaviors to learn about things that are causing difficulty in your life. There are many specific types of talk therapy with some of the most common including psychoanalysis and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). A mental health professional who specializes in talk therapy will choose which is right for a client depending upon the clinicians set of skills as well as the clients needs. Some of the most commonly used talk therapy modalities include:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) – CBT is a form of psychotherapy that helps you change problematic emotions, behaviors, and thoughts by confronting negative or irrational thoughts (cognitions). The premise of CBT is to focus on solutions and the idea that our thoughts and perceptions influence the way we act. This therapy identifies negative thoughts, evaluate how reality-based they are, and, when they are irrational, use techniques to challenge and overcome them.

  • Behavioral Therapy – This approach includes several types of therapy. Behavioral therapies help clients identify and change negative, problematic and unhealthy behaviors. It is based on the idea that behaviors are learned and that unhealthy behaviors can be changed. The focus of most treatment plans is to identify current problems and find solutions to solve them.

  • Cognitive Therapy – Cognitive therapy focuses more on how people think rather than how they act. Cognitive therapists work on the assumption that dysfunctional thinking leads to problematic emotions and behaviors. It is by helping their clients change the way they think that you can change unwanted feelings and behaviors.

  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) – This is a type of CBT with the main goal of teaching people to live more fully in the moment. In this type of therapy you can also develop more effective ways to cope with stress, regulate your emotions, and have improved relationships.

  • Psychodynamic therapy – This is an in-depth form of talk therapy grounded in similar principles of psychoanalysis. Psychodynamic therapy focuses less on the patient-therapist relationship, instead of focusing on the patient’s relationship with the world around them. Patients will learn to recognize, acknowledge, and understand negative feelings and repressed emotions to improve their experiences and relationships.

  • Humanistic therapy – In this approach there is an emphasis on being your true self in an effort to achieve your best life possible. It is based on the idea that everyone has their own unique perspective about the world and that all people are good at their core. The goal of therapy is to hold yourself to the highest standard to reach your full potential.

  • Mindfulness therapy – Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is a talk therapy that combines tenets from cognitive therapy, meditation, mindfulness. MBCT builds on cognitive therapy by applying techniques like mindfulness meditation to teach clients to actively pay attention to their thoughts and feelings without judging.

  • Behavioral Activation therapy – Behavioral activation (BA) is an approach that works to increase prosocial behaviors and minimize problematic ones. It is commonly used to treat depression and other mood disorders by allowing patients to cope with their negative symptoms and increase their positive awareness of their environment.

  • Exposure Therapy – There are several different kinds of exposure therapies, all of which aim to help people confront their fears. During Exposure Therapy a psychologist exposes the patient to their feared object in a controlled environment. By paring the fear item with techniques they have learned to calm their mind and body, exposure to their fear will eventually decrease.

  • Integrative or holistic therapy – In many cases, therapists don’t use just one approach. Instead, they combine a number of treatment modalities from different approaches and create a treatment plan to meet the client’s individual needs.

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