Psychotherapy is a wide-ranging term encompassing numerous healing and treatment practices that aim to help a person identify and reduce the impact of challenging emotions, thoughts, and behaviors.1 Psychotherapy is widely recognized as a legitimate and beneficial healing practice.2 Although exploring certain feelings and experiences can feel uncomfortable and sometimes painful, there’s typically little risk when working with a skilled and licensed therapist.3 The term “psychotherapy” is often used interchangeably with “therapy,” “talk therapy,” or “counseling.”
Schema therapy is typically used for personality disorders, chronic conditions, and when other therapeutic approaches have not worked.
Coherence therapy, formerly known as depth-oriented brief therapy (DOBT), is a type of psychotherapy that derives from depth psychology, which refers to the study of the unconscious aspects of the human experience.
Rather than focusing on the negative aspects of a condition, positive psychotherapy emphasizes each individual’s strengths and ability to overcome distress and increase their quality of life.
Ego-state therapy is a psychodynamic approach in which an individual’s psyche is considered to be an internal collection of distinct but integrated ego states, or a family of selves, that can be covert (difficult to witness or observe directly) or overt (directly observable).
Somatic psychotherapy is a holistic approach in which practitioners use the connection between the mind and body, and, in some cases, the spirit, to promote both emotional and physical healing.
Brainspotting therapy, sometimes referred to as brainspotting, or BSP is a relatively new form of body-oriented psychotherapy designed to help people access, reduce negative symptoms associated with, and ultimately overcome trauma.
Hakomi therapy, also known as the Hakomi method, is a mindful, body-centered approach to psychotherapy that uses experiential techniques and somatic awareness to encourage positive individual transformation and growth.
Gestalt therapy is an integrative, client-centered, present-focused, embodied, and relational form of psychotherapy that aims to help clients increase their levels of awareness; claim responsibility for and accept the consequences of their actions; generate confidence in their abilities to make healthy choices; and release negative emotions, feelings, and life patterns.
Psychotherapy encompasses numerous healing and treatment practices that aim to help a person identify and reduce the impact of challenging emotions, thoughts, and behaviors.