The idea of therapy and trying to figure out what type of therapy is right for you can be scary and stressful. Despite the fact that almost 20 million American adults had received some type of mental health services in 2017, many people just haven’t been educated about psychotherapy and don’t know where to look or what to look for.
But it doesn’t have to be complicated! In fact, learning and deciding what type of therapy is best for you can be a simple process, and the first step to living to your full potential. If you decide to contact MindPath about therapy options, we will be committed to helping you and others feel confident about a treatment plan to better your mental health.
Who are therapists and how does it work?
Psychotherapy is also known as counseling or talk therapy, because it involves talking with a licensed professional, such as a:
- Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
If you’d like to know more about what type of provider you should see, check out our health provider types guide.
Therapy may be done one-on-one, in family or couple sessions, or in a group setting to treat a wide variety of conditions like anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder. Other reasons to use counseling include addressing relationships, such as marriage and family, or difficulties like the death of a loved one, job loss, anger issues, weight loss, or addiction. During a session, therapists offer their undivided attention and a caring, nonjudgmental atmosphere to make you as comfortable as possible.
Most counseling sessions start out on a once-a-week basis and range between 30-60 minutes long and treatment may involve just a few sessions on a short-term basis to address an immediate issue, such as the loss of a loved one, or last months or years to address more complex issues, such as trauma or addiction.
It’s intended to help you understand how some thoughts or behaviors may be troubling, ineffective, or dangerous, so that you can develop personal goals and better habits, which can help you feel more in control of your thoughts and behavior. With the right therapist, psychotherapy can be more effective long-term than medication for many people with anxiety or depression.
Some of the things you may talk about during psychotherapy include:
- Current problems or symptoms that concern you
- Past challenges or symptoms you have experienced
- Past or current relationships
- How you are currently coping with problems
- Past decisions and experiences
- Ideas or people that are important to you
Two common types of therapy
Therapy is not a one-size-fits-all model. At MindPath, our providers utilize many forms of therapy, primarily two common and effective types: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT):
- Focuses on the relationship between an individual’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
- Explores thoughts that may be behind a person’s disruptive behaviors
- Teaches individuals to identify and change inappropriate or negative thinking and behavior
- Addresses specific behaviors associated with a person’s mental illness
- Recognizes and replaces negative or harmful thoughts or mindsets with more positive approaches that can lead to more appropriate, beneficial behavior
- May involve “homework” in-between sessions to help an individual practice new habits
- Considered the “gold standard” of psychotherapy because of its effectiveness
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Was originally developed to treat people with borderline personality disorder (BPD)
- Incorporates some standard CBT techniques for regulating emotions and thinking objectively
- Is meant to increase a person’s acceptance, tolerance of distress, and mindfulness
- Is experimentally demonstrated to help treat BPD
- May also be effective in treating patients with different symptoms and behaviors associated with spectrum mood disorders, including self-injury
- May also be effective for sexual abuse survivors and those with chemical dependency
Learn about how therapy can be helpful for you
If you’re interested in how therapy can help you live a more fulfilled life, call us at 877-876-3783 to learn more about in-office or telehealth appointments. MindPath Care Centers may recommend a psychiatric evaluation before counseling.