What is talk therapy?

Also called psychotherapy, talk therapy is mainly focused on resolution of problems through patient centered discussion. Sometimes, all that’s needed is for a patient to talk through their problems with a professional therapist. Talk therapies can be an invaluable part of a treatment or recovery plan because they are able to assist with a broad range of issues. Though every person’s goals for therapy won’t be the same, talk therapy can help people to:
  • Understand a mental illness or disorder
  • Develop coping strategies for stressful events or situations
  • Identify triggers or warning signs that can lead to unhealthy thoughts or behaviors
  • Learn how to effectively deal with negative emotions

Who does it help?

Talk therapy can help anyone suffering from a mental illness or just going through a difficult time.

What are the different types?

There are many different types of talk therapy. A more comprehensive list of the types of psychotherapies can be found here. The most common types include:Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on how thoughts and feelings can lead to negative or destructive behaviors. The goal of this type of therapy is to challenge and/or ultimately eliminate harmful or irrational patterns of thinking, and replace them with more healthy thoughts that allow them to cope better.

Group Therapy

Group therapy customarily involves sharing problems with a group of individuals who have had similar experiences or problems. While group therapy does not provide the individualized attention of a one-on-one session with a therapist, it does promote interpersonal communication, bonding, and a sense of unity.

Family Therapy

Family therapy is similar in nature to group therapy, except that it involves family members in the treatment plan for an individual. Family therapy can help improve family interactions, assist in conflict resolution, and help promote understanding between family members.

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