Each year, millions of people seek therapy and receive real help for just as vast a number of problems and issues! Therapy can address a wide range of concerns such as depression, relationship crises, parenting problems, emotional distress, career issues, substance abuse, significant loss, and clinical disorders or conditions. You can also look to therapy for life-enhancing help in fulfilling aspirations for personal growth or self-improvement.
Through the course of their training and practice, mental health professionals often develop expertise in specific areas and establish preferred modes of therapy. As you’ll see when you review therapists’ profiles in 4therapy’s Therapist Locator, there are many types of therapy or "orientations." It may be that the nature of your particular problem will clearly define the type of therapy that would be the best for you and can then help you determine which therapist(s) to consider. For example, if you are experiencing difficulties in your relationships with family members, a therapist who specializes in Family/Marital Therapy would be a good choice.
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In art therapy, the client uses clay, paint, and other art medium to create images that explore their feelings, dreams, memories or ideas.
Behavioral therapies use learning principles to eliminate or reduce unwanted reactions to external situations, one’s one thoughts and feelings, and bodily sensations or functions.
Cognitive therapies rely on other, largely verbal, learning principles — namely, those that involve cognition (perception, thinking, reasoning, attention and judgment).
Existential therapy is based on developing a client’s insight, or self-understanding, and focuses on problems of living such as choice, meaning, responsibility, and death.
In Family Therapy, the therapist applies therapeutic principles while engaging the participation of family members, individually and as a group.
In Gestalt therapy, therapists challenge clients with questions so that the client increases their awareness of feelings and develops a stronger ability to face daily-living situations and problems.
Humanistic psychology acknowledges that an individual’s mind is strongly influenced by ongoing determining forces in both their unconscious and in the world around them, specifically the society in which they live.
Play therapy is a therapeutic technique most often used when working with children.
Postmodern psychotherapists believe that it is difficult at best, and often impossible, for a mental health “expert” to be able to determine what is “psychologically healthy.”.
The intent of psychoanalytic therapy is to allow access to the unconscious as a source of conflicts and motivations.