Individual Therapy for Mental Health Treatment

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Individual Therapy for Mental Health Treatment

Types of Therapy

Mental health treatment uses several types of therapy to address the issues that people are experiencing in individual therapy. They include the following:

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy explores the relationships between a client’s behaviors, feelings, and thoughts. Individual therapy is highly amenable to this type of treatment. That is because a therapist works with clients one-on-one to determine what their unhealthy thought patterns are. Once the therapist discovers a patient’s thought patterns, he or she determines whether or not the thoughts are causing the patient to engage in destructive behaviors or beliefs.

Because therapists have patients address their negative thought patterns together, they have the opportunity to develop constructive ways of thinking. They can also create constructive behaviors and better belief patterns. For example, cognitive-behavioral therapy can lead someone to begin to think positive thoughts about oneself.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy is another type of therapy that works well for people. It is an appropriate therapy for treating people with several types of mental health disorders.

Dialectical behavior therapy is similar to cognitive behavioral therapy, but dialectical behavior therapy encourages patients to accept their negative feelings, behaviors, and thoughts. When people stop fighting their beliefs, thoughts, and behaviors, they discover that it is really possible to change them. After acceptance occurs, people in dialectical behavior therapy are willing to help their therapists compose treatment plans that lead them toward recovery.

An individual DBT therapist has an important role. He or she must lead patients to a place where they find the balance between change and acceptance.

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy also addresses patient behavior patterns and feelings, but this therapy focuses on the past. When the psychodynamic therapy session is over, the old feelings and behaviors will have been resolved. 

In this type of therapy, counselors ask open-ended questions so that patients can deeply explore whatever is on their minds. Individual psychodynamic therapists help their clients go through their thoughts so that they can find the negative feelings and behaviors that are causing problems for them.