Therapies For Mental Health

Therapy can seem daunting, and it can be difficult to know what is best for you and how therapy works. It is can help to know what the various types of therapy are and how they work to help you see what may work for you and what you are dealing with.

Going to see a counsellor can be confusing, there are seemingly unlimited options and treatments out there and it can be difficult to decide on the right approach and counsellor. However, there are three main approaches to therapy and this post aims to give you a little insight into each one, what they may be useful for and how they work.

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) – CBT is a time limited therapy that focuses on the “here and now” rather than your childhood. It examines the relationship between our situation, mindset, thoughts, emotions, behaviour, and physical reactions. It trains you to automatically question whether or not your thoughts are facts, which slows down your reaction time and helps you feel more emotionally stable. CBT is ideal for people who want a therapy that works towards solutions, with clear goals, and practical techniques.
  • Counselling – A counsellor can help you find ways to deal with your difficulties and understand how you’re feeling. Counselling can be particularly useful for people who are going through a difficult time such as bereavement, relationship problems, work stress or other life changing situations.
  • Mindfulness based Therapies – These therapies focus on teaching you to become the observer of your thoughts and feelings. Variations of mindfulness based therapies include mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR), sinfulness tased cognitive therapy (MBCT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT).
  • Humanistic Therapy – Humanistic therapies use a range of theories and practices to help you understand and enhance your mental wellbeing. This approach suits people interested in exploring their loves and looking at their issues from a wide range of angles. Variations of humanistic therapy include integrative psychotherapy, person centred counselling and gestalt therapy.
  • Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) – IPT focuses on you and your relationships with others and is based on the idea that poor mental wellbeing is rooted within our interpersonal relationships.

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Michelle says:

    Very interesting and great to see the differences and explanations in one place.

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    1. GS says:

      Yes it is important to know the difference. There are many forms of psychotherapy, but the two most popular forms are psychodynamic therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.


  2. clcouch123 says:

    When I needed counseling (and probably needed it before), I knew whom I wanted for a counselor. And fortunately my instinct was good in this case. He was terrific, and we met over a number of years. Then, sadly, he died. I can be glad I didn’t let the chance go by to be so well-helped by him.

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    1. GS says:

      Counselling Helps. I am glad you found the person to suit your needs and he was able to help you make the necessary changes in life. Therapy can teach you new ways to think about the situations that bother you. It can help you cope with feelings and situations. It can help with feelings of anger, fear, anxiety, shyness, and panic. It also can give you tools to help fight low self-esteem and depression.


  3. theOwl30 says:

    Go to YouTube and search: Kati Morton and therapy. She does an excellent, easy-to-follow informal job of explaining the different types of therapists and what they do.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. GS says:

      Ah thank you for this tip.


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