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Different Types of Psychological Therapies

Psychological therapy, also known as talk therapy, is a type of treatment that helps people to understand and change their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.  

There are many different types of psychological therapy, each with its own specific focus and approach.

Some of the most common types of psychological therapy include

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)

CBT is a type of therapy that focuses on helping people to identify and change their negative thoughts and behaviors.

Psychodynamic therapy

Psychodynamic therapy is a type of therapy that focuses on helping people to understand their unconscious thoughts and feelings.

Mindfulness-based therapy

Mindfulness-based therapy is a type of therapy that focuses on helping people to become more aware of their thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations.

Interpersonal therapy (IPT)

IPT is a type of therapy that focuses on helping people to improve their relationships with others.

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

ACT is a type of therapy that focuses on helping people to accept their thoughts and feelings and to commit to living a values-based life.

What do psychological therapies involve?

Psychological therapies typically involve a series of individual or group sessions with a therapist. The therapist will help the client to identify their problems and to develop strategies for overcoming them. The specific techniques used in psychological therapy will vary depending on the type of therapy being used.

What do psychological therapies do?

Psychological therapies can help people to improve their mental health in a number of ways. They can help people to:

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Understand their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours

Psychological therapies can help people to understand how their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are interconnected. This can help them to identify the patterns that are contributing to their problems.

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Improve their relationships

Psychological therapies can help people to improve their relationships with others. This can be done by helping them to communicate more effectively, to resolve conflict, and to build stronger relationships.

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Change their thoughts and behaviours

Psychological therapies can help people to change their negative thoughts and behaviours. This can be done through a variety of techniques, such as cognitive restructuring, behavioural activation, and exposure therapy.

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Reduce stress

Psychological therapies can help people to reduce stress. This can be done by helping them to develop coping mechanisms, to relax, and to manage their time more effectively.

How do I find a psychological therapist?

If you are considering psychological therapy, there are a few things you can do to find a therapist.

You can ask your doctor for a referral, or you can search for therapists online. There are a number of websites that list therapists, such as the BACP register.

 

When you are choosing a therapist, it is important to find someone who is a good fit for you. You should feel comfortable with the therapist, and you should feel like they understand your problems. You should also make sure that the therapist is qualified to practice in your area.

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