On the pages that follow, you will eventually find all of the information you can get on any and all kinds of psychotherapy that there is.
Psychotherapy: An overview of the types of therapy
Psychotherapy is a general term for a way of treating mental and emotional disorders by talking about your condition and related issues with a mental health professional. It's also known as talk therapy, counseling, psychosocial therapy or, simply, therapy.
Through psychotherapy sessions, you may:
* Learn about the causes of your
condition so you can better understand it.
Psychotherapy can help alleviate symptoms caused by mental illness, such as hopelessness and anger, so that you can regain a sense of happiness, enjoyment and control in your life.
Psychotherapy can be short-term, with just a couple of sessions, or it can involve many sessions over several years. It can take place in individual, couples, family or group sessions. Sometimes psychotherapy is combined with other types of treatment, such as medication.
Common types of psychotherapy
Art therapy, also called creative
art therapy, uses the creative process to help people who might have
difficulty expressing their thoughts and feelings. Creative arts can
help you increase self-awareness, cope with symptoms and traumatic experiences,
and foster positive changes. Creative art therapy includes music, dance
and movement, drama, drawing, painting and even poetry.
Exposure therapy is a form of
behavior therapy that deliberately exposes you to the very thing that
you find upsetting or disturbing. It's especially useful for people
with obsessive-compulsive disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Under controlled circumstances, exposure to the event or things that
trigger your obsessive thoughts or traumatic reactions can help you
learn to cope with them effectively.
Play therapy is geared mainly for young children at specific developmental levels. It makes use of a variety of techniques, including playing with dolls or toys, painting or other activities. These techniques allow children to more easily express emotions and feelings if they lack the cognitive development to express themselves with words.
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