Are there different types of psychotherapy?
The content, format and techniques used in psychotherapy is informed by the theoretical orientation of your psychotherapist.
There are four primary schools of thought (psychodynamic, behavioural, cognitive and humanistic) each of which provides a unique framework to understanding our human experience. Given this experience is exquisitely complex; each approach has merit and provides a useful “road map” for understanding and changing behaviour and personality.
These schools of thought are further subdivided into the more than 1000 types of psychotherapy that have collectively come to be known as "alphabet soup" (e.g., CT, BT, CBT, REBT, EFT, ACT, DBT, MBSR, MBCT, IPT, CFT, ISTDP, etc.).
Is psychotherapy for me?
Is psychotherapy effective?
Factors influencing the effectiveness of therapy
The effectiveness of therapy is influenced by many things, including:
Benefits and risk
Commonly reported benefits include improvements in
mood, anxiety, decision-making abilities, self-awareness, emotion regulation,
insight, purpose in life, self-esteem, relationships and overall well-being
Nevertheless, therapy is challenging and can be painful at times. For example, you may recall troubling memories, feel unpleasant emotions, face fears, think uncomfortable thoughts, or make lifestyle changes that create discomfort in those around you.