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Types of Psychological Therapy

Art Therapy (see Arts Therapies)
Art Therapy (see Arts Therapies)

Art therapy originated in the fields of art and psychotherapy and may vary in definition. Art therapy may focus on the creative art-making process itself, as therapy, or on the analysis of expression gained through an exchange of patient and therapist interaction. The psychoanalytic approach was one of the earliest forms of art psychotherapy.

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Behavioural Activation
Behavioural Activation

A recent study from the United Kingdom found a simple form of therapy called behavioural activation (BA) is as effective in treating depression as more complex psychological treatments and even medication.

Bereavement Counselling (see our Pages on Bereavement)
Bereavement Counselling (see our Pages on Bereavement)

Therapy is an effective way to learn to cope with the stressors associated with the loss and to manage symptoms with techniques such as relaxation or meditation. Each experience of grief is unique, complex, and personal, and therapists will tailor treatment to meet the specific needs of each person.

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)

CAT is organised in the UK by the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT). ACAT is a member of the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP) and is a registered charity.

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Essential Reads What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy? Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that treats problems and boosts happiness by modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts.

Cognitive Therapy
Cognitive Therapy

What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy? Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that treats problems and boosts happiness by modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts.

Counselling
Counselling

A psychological counselor is a mental health professional who has a master's degree (MA) in psychology, counseling, or a related field. In order to be licensed, the professional counselor also needs two additional years' experience working with a qualified mental health professional after graduate school.

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Couples Counselling (see Couples and Relationship Therapy)
Couples Counselling (see Couples and Relationship Therapy)

Let's turn now to those five basic principles of effective couples therapy, which, according to Benson and colleagues: 1. Changes the views of the relationship. Throughout the therapeutic process, the therapist attempts to help both partners see the relationship in a more objective manner.

DBT
DBT

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is an effective combination of cognitive and behavioral therapies. The goal of DBT is to transform negative thinking patterns and destructive behaviors into positive outcomes.

Drama Therapy (see Arts Therapies)
Drama Therapy (see Arts Therapies)

Drama therapy is the use of theatre techniques to facilitate personal growth and promote mental health. Drama therapy is used in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, mental health centers, prisons, and businesses. Drama therapy, as a form of 'expressive therapy', exists in many forms and can be applicable to individuals, couples, families, and various groups.

Family Therapy
Family Therapy

Family therapy or family counseling is designed to address specific issues that affect the psychological health of the family, such as major life transitions or mental health conditions. It may be used as the primary mode of treatment or as a complementary approach.

Group Therapy
Group Therapy

Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy that involves one or more therapists working with several people at the same time. This type of therapy is widely available at a variety of locations including private therapeutic practices, hospitals, mental health clinics, and community centers.

Humanistic Therapy
Humanistic Therapy

Also known as humanism, humanistic therapy is a positive approach to psychotherapy that focuses on a person’s individual nature, rather than categorizing groups of people with similar characteristics as having the same problems.

Integrative or Holistic Therapy
Integrative or Holistic Therapy

Holistic psychotherapy, an integrative approach grounded in psychosynthesis, focuses on the relationship between mind, body, and spirit, attempting to understand and address the ways issues in one aspect of a person can lead to concerns in other areas.

Interpersonal Therapy
Interpersonal Therapy

Interpersonal therapy focuses on the interpersonal relationships of the depressed person. The idea of interpersonal therapy is that depression can be treated by improving the communication patterns and how people relate to others.

Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic Therapies
Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic Therapies

Psychodynamic therapy is the oldest of the modern therapies. (Freud’s psychoanalysis is a specific form and subset of psychodymanic therapy.) As such, it is based in a highly developed and multifaceted theory of human development and interaction.

Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy

What is Psychotherapy? Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is a way to help people with a broad variety of mental illnesses and emotional difficulties. Psychotherapy can help eliminate or control troubling symptoms so a person can function better and can increase well-being and healing.

Relationship Counselling
Relationship Counselling

Effective couples therapists point out the strengths in the relationship and build resilience particularly as therapy nears a close. Because so much of couples therapy involves focusing on problem areas, it's easy to lose sight of the other areas in which couples function effectively.