Mental health therapy is the way to help you understand yourself better and to cope better. Being in therapy doesn’t mean you’re crazy. Everyone has a problem. Therapy is one way to help yourself with your problem.
Some problems that can be helped with therapy include:
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Eating disorders
- Sleeping problems
There are many types of mental health therapy. One type of therapy might work best for you, such as play therapy for children, or family therapy for family conflicts. This type of therapy is best for you depends on what best suits your needs.
Common types of therapy are:
Art Therapy. To draw a painting, or working with clay with an art therapist can help you express things that you may not be able to put into words. Art therapists work with children, adolescents, and adults, including people with disabilities.
Behavior Therapy. This type of therapy is very structured and goal-oriented. Starting with what you do now, and then help you change your behavior. Behavior therapists can use techniques such as:
- Exposure therapy or desensitization. First, you learn how to relax. Then you learn to face your fears as you practice this skill.
- Aversive therapy. This is something that’s not fun with the behavior of a spouse to help you stop the behavior. For example, put something that feels bitter at the child’s mother to help stop thumb-sucking.
- role-play. This can help you be more assertive or help resolve conflicts between family members.
- Self Monitoring, or keep a log of your daily activities. This can help identify the behaviors that cause you problems.
Biofeedback. This type of therapy can help you learn to control bodily functions such as muscle tension or brain wave patterns. Biofeedback can help with tension, anxiety and physical symptoms such as headaches.
Cognitive Therapy. This type of therapy is taking the approach that how you think affects how you feel and behave. This therapy helps you figure out how unhealthy ways of thinking that keep you stuck. You learn to identify the automatic negative thoughts, such as:
- “I never do anything right”
- “the world is always against me”
- “if I don’t succeed all the time I failed.”
You learn how to change your mind and this can lead to behavior change. It can also enhance self-esteem and self-confidence-Behavioral Therapy cognitive behavior and methods combining cognitive therapy.
EMDR (eye movement desensitization returns processing). In EMDR therapists help you overcome the feeling and thoughts about past events. You move your eyes back and forth, usually follows the therapist’s hand or pen, whereas you remember the event. This type of therapy is considered by many to be experimental.
Families or Couples Therapy therapist. The family saw the family as a system. They work with the whole family not just one person. The goal is for family members to publicly express their feelings and to find ways to change negative family patterns. Couples therapy helps partners improve their ability to communicate with one another. This can help you decide what changes are needed in the relationship and in the conduct of each spouse. Both partners then work to learn new behavior. There are various forms of therapy for couples.
Therapy group. Group therapy In a few small (6 to 10) meets regularly with a therapist. There are many types of group therapy. Some focus on a specific problem such as anger management. Group Process does not focus on a single topic, but instead explore the issues raised by members. Short term group that focuses on issues and meet for a limited time, such as 6 to 12 weeks. Long-term groups deal with issues that are in progress such as self-esteem.
Massage Therapy. Massage therapy may help to reduce anxiety and stress.
Pharmacological Therapy (Drugs). The drug can help improve mental well-being. They may be prescribed by a psychiatrist or your health care provider. Your provider will work with you to carefully choose the right medication for you. There are many types of psychiatric medications.
- Antipsychotics can help with psychosis or other conditions.
- Mood stabilizer can be used to treat mood problems like bipolar disorder.
- Antidepressants can help with depression or anxiety.
- Antianxiety medications may be prescribed to treat anxiety disorders.
The right medicine can improve symptoms so that another kind of treatment more effective. Drugs can also be used on its own.
Play Therapy. Play therapy allows children to act out their problems with toys and games. Play therapists help children feel more confident and less afraid.
Psychoanalytic Therapy. This type of therapy was developed by Sigmund Freud. In this type of therapy, you are working to uncover things from your past which affects the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. This kind of therapy can take years. This usually involves meetings a few times a week. This can be quite expensive.
Psychodynamic Therapy. This kind of therapy helps you bring your real feelings to the surface. If you press the (purposely forgot) or reject the painful thoughts, feelings, and memories, they can still affect your life. Once you realize this depressed thoughts, feelings, and memories they become less painful.
Psychoeducational Therapy. This type of therapy involves teaching clients instead of speaking therapist. You can learn about the disorder, treatment options, and how to cope with symptoms. Therapists can give you useful information or can help you learn the different skills. They work with individuals and groups.
Relaxation Therapy. How to learn to relax can help to reduce anxiety and stress. Yoga and meditation may also help.