If you want to make your year the most productive, happiest year yet, there isn’t any shame in seeking out a therapist to help you. Therapy isn’t just for severe mental illness or life problems; every one of every walk of life can benefit from it. In this post, we’ll explain a few therapy types that you may want to consider if you want to improve your life.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (CBT)
One of the most common therapy techniques that you may find if you seek help from a professional is cognitive-behavioral therapy or CBT. This form of therapy has quite a bit of evidence to back it up, and all ages can reap its benefits.
So what is CBT? It takes a look at your thoughts. We all have racing thoughts, but often, we don’t take time to analyze them and determine what they mean. Quite often, your thoughts about a situation or person can affect your actions and emotions. Thoughts that are self-defeating may kill your confidence and increase your confidence.
In addition, your behaviors are explored as well. If you have bad habits, your thoughts are connected to them. For example, many thoughts can trigger your urge to eat more than you should.
The beauty of CBT is that it’s applicable to any problem. Depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, chronic pain, anger issues, insomnia, the list goes on. If you have a problem, there’s a good chance that CBT will help to reduce its severity.
An individual therapist is someone who works with you one-on-one. At most, your partner may be included, or someone else. Meanwhile, a group therapist is someone who works with not only you but an entire group of people who have similar problems to you.
Group therapy can be quite useful for a few reasons. For one thing, it can be cheaper, since there is one therapist being paid for by many people. For another, having more heads in the room and more perspectives can lead to some more unique solutions.
With that said, the problem with group therapy is that the group may not get enough time to focus on you, especially if you’re someone who is quiet with groups. It’s important you figure out if group therapy is right for you.
Mindfulness has many elements of CBT, where your negative and self-defeating thoughts are handled, but it involves the complete awareness of the present and learning how to be in the moment. Mindfulness can erase any doubts or regrets you have in the past by pulling you to the here and now.
There are many ways to achieve mindfulness, and just like CBT, there are quite a few methods to obtain it. Meditation, taking time out of your day to focus on the world around you, learning breathing exercises, the list goes on. You can do it at home, but if you want to be a master of mindfulness, there is no shame in seeking help for it.
If you or your child has trouble speaking, you may want to seek the help of a speech therapist. You may imagine a speech therapist helping a young child with some developmental difficulties, like saying “th” like “f,” but there are many reasons adults may seek the help of a speech therapist. From tackling a persistent stutter to learning how to speak clearly, a speech therapist may be able to help. Or, if you’re just someone who wants to improve their public speaking game, be it for your business or personal life, a speech therapist may be the help you need.
A couple’s therapist or counselor is someone who helps couples. Whether you’re in a marriage, a long-term partnership, or a friendship, every serious relationship is going to have its ups and downs. For some couples, they are able to get past any problems that may come in their relationship. They may manage fights quite well and learn how to get past miscommunications. However, many couples don’t know how to handle arguments, or they’ve drifted apart.
In some cases, ending a relationship is the answer. However, many couples end a relationship without seeking help from a couple’s therapist. A couple’s therapist is someone who is great at taking a relationship that is seemingly unfixable and turning it around.
Couples therapy isn’t just for couples who are in trouble. It works well for improving an already great relationship or getting to know each other before marriage.
This is anyone who works remotely, such as through a website like BetterHelp or through another digital outlet. An online therapist may use a combination of texting, voice conversation, video conversation, an email to communicate with a client. For clients who have an uneven schedule, live far from a therapist, or don’t want to pay the fees of a traditional therapist, online therapy is a great option, and it emerged as a valid way to seek therapy in the 2010s. The future of online therapy is looking quite good, so try it out.
An art therapist uses someone’s art to interpret their emotions and other inner secrets. They may use other therapy techniques as well, but their focus is looking at your art and learning more about you. Art therapy is for any skill level; someone can draw nothing but stick figures and still produce art that allows an art therapist to learn more.
A play therapist is someone who mainly deals with children. It’s quite similar to art therapy, using toys and other methods of playtime to learn more about the child and what they’re going through. How a child plays with their toys can teach a therapist quite a bit, and it’s great for children with depression, anxiety, or behavioral issues.
These are just a few types of therapists you may encounter. Therapy is more than someone scribbling notes while listening to someone speak on a couch. This year, why not consider therapy? Chances are, you want to make improvements for yourself, and a therapist can teach you that there’s nothing wrong with seeking help.