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Different Types of Psychotherapy Explained

Treating psychological disorders and mental suffering with linguistic and psychological procedures is known as psychotherapy.

Counseling, psychosocial treatment, and "therapy" are alternative terms used to refer to types of psychotherapy. There are numerous types of psychotherapy, each with a unique methodology and foundation in various psychological ideas.

The individual and their circumstances will determine the best psychotherapy for them. Almost all forms of psychotherapy entail communicating, building a therapeutic relationship, and attempting to change unhelpful thoughts or behaviors, even though their methods may vary.

Benefits of Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy assists those who suffer from mental disorders to:

  1. Recognize the attitudes, feelings, and actions that fuel their illness and learn how to change them

  2. Recognize and identify the life problems or events that fuel their illness, such as a severe illness, a death in the family, a job loss, or a divorce, and assist them in understanding which aspects of those problems they may be able to resolve or improve

  3. Regain a sense of control and enjoyment in life.

Types of Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy focuses on how certain relationships and experiences from your history and present shape your present emotions, connections, and decisions. Its objective is to assist you in recognizing and comprehending suppressed feelings and unpleasant emotions to improve your relationships, self-esteem, and life experiences and resolve internal psychological issues. It is common to practice using this method to treat depression.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

The short-term, goal-oriented therapy known as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) emphasizes the connection between our actions (behavior) and thoughts (cognition). It aims to assist people in altering mental habits that result in unhealthy, fruitless, or incapacitating behavior.

Psychotherapists choose this treatment method while working with patients with stress, phobias, despair, or anxiety. People who want to kick bad habits and addictions like smoking, binge eating, or gambling are also big fans.

Experiential Therapy

Humanistic or experiential therapy is quite different than behavioral-based therapies as it boosts a person's unique personality rather than behavior. This treatment method encourages positive patient behaviors and develops, attains, and heals self-actualization using self-exploration. Experts like Dr. Hill recommend this method to patients with anxiety, depression, panic disorders, and low self-esteem.

  1. Dialectical Behavior Therapy

A type of cognitive behavior therapy is dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Its main goal is to give people the tools to control their emotions, healthily deal with stress, strengthen relationships, and live mindfully. DBT, initially created to treat people who have a borderline personality disorder, is now used to treat many mental health issues. People experiencing uncontrollable and intense negative emotions will benefit from this treatment method.


Many therapists don't commit to specific types of psychotherapy. Instead, they combine aspects from many approaches and customize their treatment to meet the needs of each client. Want to learn more about psychotherapy types and identify the best technique for your condition? If yes, then contact Dr. Hill today.

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