Types of Therapy

Hey Fam! If you are still thinking about starting therapy, this post is for you!  There are many types of therapies and therapists.  It is important that you find the right fit for both.  I am a person centered therapist who practices cognitive behavioral therapy.  I also pull from process-oriented and insight-oriented approaches.  Here are some of the more common types of therapy.  This will be so helpful as you navigate your healing journey!

  1. Person-centered therapy: Allows the client to do most of the talking.  You are provided space to talk without judgement or being directed.  You get accurate empathic understand, unconditional positive regard, and congruence.  As you talk, your therapist reflects back to you what you are saying so that you can gain a better understanding of yourself.
  2. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: A goal-oriented therapy to help clients identify, challenge, and change maladaptive thinking and behavior patterns.  Clients learn to pay attention, identify, and challenge their thinking patterns and learn how to create more adaptive thinking patterns that would lead to changes in behavior.
  3. Solution Focused Brief Therapy: A goal-oriented therapy that focuses on clients present and future circumstances and goals rather than the past.  It focuses on solutions as opposed to problems and seeks to clarify the solutions so that client can reach goals.
  4. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy: Helps you access and process traumatic memories and adverse life experiences.  The memories are brought to a resolution and distress is relieved.  Useful for PTSD and clients who have experienced various types of trauma.
  5. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: A highly structured approach that consists of group work, individual work, mindfulness, distress tolerance, cognitive skills, and behavioral skills.  Useful for mood disorders, eating disorders, self-destructive behavior, and borderline personality disorder.



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