There are numerous types of psychotherapies available and your trained psychotherapist may have specialised in one or more approaches and normally uses a combination of therapies depending on your particular situation and preference to determine which approach may be best for your outcome.
Regardless which type of therapy you choose, be prepared to experience some challenges. Talking about your mental health symptoms and your personal thoughts and feelings with a stranger can be difficult, but you may find it gets better with time and practice.
Certainly, I tell my clients it's not necessary to understand all the different types of therapies, importantly to make sure that the therapist they choose is the right one for them.
1. Behavioral Psychotherapy or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), this approach is based on the principle that all types of behaviors are learned and that unhealthy or harmful behaviors can be changed. It focuses on exploring the reasons behind the development of both normal and abnormal behaviors in a person. Subtle guidance is given by the therapist, who guides the client to identify unhealthy, negative beliefs and behaviors and replace them with healthy, positive ones. This type of therapy is often used to treat individuals with Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder and Anxiety Disorders.
2. The Psychodynamic and psychoanalysis therapy approach explores unconscious feelings or thoughts and the impact of the past on the present. It is the oldest type of psychotherapy and closest to what Freud created. Hypnotherapy and Hypnoanalysis falls into this category. Psychoanalysis focuses on uncovering the unconscious roots of a person’s symptoms and helps them apply this understanding to their life. Psychoanalysis involves long term, anything up to 12 weeks and It may focus narrowly on a particular issue or symptom a person is having which has had wide impact on the clients life.
3. Integrative or Holistic psychotherapy is a approach taken by Satya Therapy and most other therapist. Holistic therapy addresses the mind, body, and spirit to support health and wellbeing, by blending elements from different psychotherapy approaches and tailor the treatment according to each client's needs. This approach to therapy, sees the person as a whole, integrated person. For example, Holistic psychotherapy recognizes that depression is a symptom. Anxiety or depression might feel like the problem but it's really a message that tells the client that they are suffering an imbalance somewhere in the self. Just like pain is the red light that signals you to stop and find out the cause. Holistic therapy is often “client-centered,”. Types of holistic therapy include yoga, meditation, breathing and Reiki.
4. Reiki, a Japanese form of energy healing, involves a person sitting or lying down. The practitioner may place their hands gently on or above the client’s body to free energy that can get stuck during periods of prolonged stress or trauma. Reiki brings about a powerful sense of peace and calmness to your mind. Especially beneficial prior to having surgery, post operatively, terminal conditions and grief. The client does not need to believe in Reiki to have the treatment, nor is it a religious belief. Amazingly, Reiki can also be delivered 'long distance' via telephone, on your photograph, any personal items, your intention written on a piece of paper. Reiki energy can also be given to your unwell or sick animals.
5. Transpersonal psychotherapy is a talk therapy. This approach of therapy not only treats the emotional aspect of your issue but also address the spiritual aspect of your life that needs healing. Spiritual can mean anything you want to call, anything which is part of yourself that connects you to everything else. Meditation, Yoga and Mindfulness are influenced by this approach.
There is a wide range of different types of psychotherapy, most overlap and yet each offers a unique approach to help you achieve your goals.
If you have any questions about Satya Therapy’s holistic hypnotherapy services, including client-centered, transpersonal psychotherapy, solution-focused grief therapy, holistic, and spiritual therapy in Norfolk, Norwich, London, and online, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.