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Types of Therapy and Mental Health Counseling

Today, many people find that psychotherapy or “talk therapy” quite helpful in treating their symptoms of mental illness. However, the type of therapy and the length might depend on each personal situation and history. On the other hand, therapy could be part of a general treatment plan which may include medication plus any other complementary treatment.

If someone is able to verbalize his or her thoughts, behavior, symptoms, past experiences, etc. while talking to a therapist or psychologist, the recovery process will be different.

Even though this might be very difficult or hard, it can help the patient to cope with present issues. At the same time, it can offer some emotional release and the possibility of being heard, as well as, understood and sometimes supported.

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A Therapy Treatment Can Help you to:

  • feel stronger when facing challenges,
  • change negative behaviors,
  • look at ways of thinking that affect how you feel,
  • heal pains,
  • build relationship skills,
  • figure out your goals,
  • strengthen your self-confidence,
  • cope with symptoms,
  • handle strong emotions like fear, grief or anger,
  • enhance your problem-solving skills.

Therapy Types

As regards types of therapies, it can be seen that there is a wide variety of them including those related to families or group of people. It is possible to learn about them by consulting people you trust, like a family member, a doctor or a health professional or even a someone who had experienced symptoms of mental illness.

If you think you need information an specific type of therapy and how this work, you should inquire further with a psychologist or therapist. It would be beneficial for you and the treatment if you understand the process and how the therapist can help you. Treatments offered are based on the psychologist’s clinical opinion plus the individual needs of the client.  

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Most Common Types of Therapists:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). This therapy works on connecting maladaptive thoughts with behaviors.  Therapists works to change thinking as a way to modify a client’s behaviors. It can be utilized with a variety of mental health conditions.  
  • Interpersonal therapy. It focuses on improving relationships and helping a person express emotions in healthy ways.   It can be utilized with a variety of mental health conditions.
  • Family therapy. It will promote that family members communicate, handle conflicts and solve problems better. It can be utilized with a variety of mental health conditions.
  • Psychodynamic therapy. This treatment might help people develop a better understanding of their unconscious emotions and motivations that can affect their thoughts and actions.  This treatment traces patterns in one’s history to give insight into present difficulties. It can be utilized with a variety of mental health conditions.
  • Art therapy, which can include using music, dance, drawing and other art forms, is implemented to help express emotions and promote healing.  It can be utilized with a variety of mental health conditions.
  • Psychoeducation. It is commonly used to help people understand mental health conditions and ways to promote recovery.  It can be utilized with a variety of mental health conditions.

What is more, each therapist might have a different type of training and experience. For instance, a psychiatrist trained in therapy but with a medical degree, which allows this professional to prescribe medication. In the case of a pastoral counselor, he or she might include a religious or spiritual approach to treatment. Another type of therapist might have knowledge of substance abuse issues.


The patient’s expectations tend to depend on each situation and in connection with the length of the treatment. Some treatments are short, but some other are quite long. In general, a person participates in a 50 minutes session with a therapist once a week. Thus, the first one is different from the rest of the visits because in this visit the therapist will want to “get to know” the patient to get information in order to develop a proper treatment plan for that particular person, taking into account the complexity of the problem and the patient’s needs.

When a patient starts therapy, he or she should feel safe and respected, and if there is concern about it, then one should ask about confidentiality. Most of the time, it is understood that the professional will respect the patient’s privacy and if it is group therapy, the members will do the same. A good therapy treatment should address the patient’s needs, goals, concerns, and desires.

Before consulting a therapist, you should think about those factors that would make you feel more comfortable when attending therapy such as:

  • You prefer a man or woman as therapist,
  • someone older or younger,
  • someone from your cultural background,
  • someone with a style that’s more formal or friendly.

You should also remember that therapy is not immediate, you will need to attend several sessions and be committed to the treatment to see the positive results and how you start responding to it by developing your skills, having stronger relationships and a better sense of yourself.

Get the Most Out of It

For a therapy treatment to work correctly, there must be some kind of partnership between you and the therapist; You need to take an active role during each session, be involved the whole process to obtain more and better results.

You can take advantage of therapy in the following ways:

  • Talk to the therapist about your treatment objectives. Do you have particular behaviors or issues you want to modify?
  • Keep an open mind. This would help you incorporate new patterns of behavior or thinking which might improve your life.
  • Express your opinion. If you notice you are not making any progress, tell the professional so you can find a solution together. If this does not work, you can consider seeing another therapist.
  • Be open and honest. Telling the truth is a must when it comes to sessions for the therapist to know the whole situation.
  • Take your therapy home. It would be a great idea to keep a journal or any other way you find useful to stay focused on the thoughts and ideas you want to discuss during therapy.

Always remember that before starting any therapy, you need to consult a mental health professional to be assessed on the matter and be able to choose the best professional and treatment or counseling for you.

If you need more information or assessment in connection to this or any other mental problem or therapy contact us. We are more than willing to help you get the right treatment for you.


What to Expect From Mental Health Counseling

In the mental health world, it is possible to find either psychiatrists and psychologists, who have almost similar objectives as regards their profession. They work with people’s minds and its effects on behavior and well-being. They usually work together to prevent, diagnose and treat mental illnesses.

However, their professions present some differences. This might be confusing to people when they are looking for help. What is more, there are other professionals who also work with mental health problems like counselors, social workers, nurses and nurse practitioners. Let’s try to clarify each profession, to ease the process.

The Beginning

If you suffer from a chronic mental health problem, you might feel weak, and your body might respond physically to depression or anxiety. And sometimes, it can cause a physical reaction. That is why firstly you should see a doctor.

The doctor will ask you about how you feel, the symptoms you are experiencing and how long you have had them. Your physical problems might be checked to decide what professional and the kind of therapy are appropriate for you.













Mental Health Professionals

According to your diagnosis, the doctor will refer to one of the following professionals:

A psychiatrist who is a medical doctor specialized in preventing, diagnosing and treating mental illness. A psychiatrist is a professional trained to distinguish mental health problems from other medical conditions. They should monitor the effects of mental illness and medicines on the body.

Because the psychiatrist is is a doctor licensed to write prescriptions,  several mental disorders are treated with specific drugs. In some cases, medication works alone but some others a combination of counseling will be important. In that situation, the psychiatrist might provide the psychotherapy, or refer you to a counselor.

On the other hand, a psychologist has a doctoral degree in psychology, which is the study of the mind and behaviors. This professional is qualified to do counseling and psychotherapy, as well as perform psychological testing, and provide treatment for mental disorders.

Psychologists cannot write prescriptions or perform medical procedures. And they sometimes work in association with a psychiatrist or a medical doctor who are allowed to prescribe medicine

As regards a psychological counselor, it can be said that this professional has a master’s degree in psychology, counseling, or a related field. The counselor is qualified to evaluate and treat mental problems by providing counseling or psychotherapy.

Another professional in the mental health field is the clinical social worker who might have a master’s degree in social work capable of evaluating and treating mental illnesses. They can provide case management, hospital discharge planning work and guide parents and family.

Lastly, it is possible to find a mental health nurse who has specialized training in providing services. They are able to evaluate patients and assess treatments as psychotherapy. In some places. They can prescribe and monitor medication under the supervision of a doctor.

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Counseling and Psychotherapy

It is quite common to interchange the terms counseling and therapy. However, there is a difference between them. Counseling focuses mainly on specific problems, and it helps people address a particular situation, such as addiction or stress management. The treatment may aim to solve a problem or to learn specific techniques to cope with or avoid a problematic situation. It tends to be a short-term treatment.

On the contrary, psychotherapy is a long-term process, and it focuses on a broader range of mental issues. The primary concern is connected to how a person’s thinking and behavior might affect the way in which this person interacts with the world.

Its objective may be helping people feel better to prepare to manage stress, understand that behavior which may interfere with reaching personal goals. It will also help people to find a satisfying relationship and regulate their emotions to control stressful situations.

Within the psychotherapy field, there are several approaches which are sometimes called talk therapy. They are suited to treat a more specific type of problem, and most of them are one-on-one with a therapist, or group-based or family-based.

Psychoanalytic or Psychodynamic Therapies.

It helps people to make problems conscious in order to deal with them. It might involve analyzing a dream or explore the past.

  • Behavioral Therapy.

This approach focuses changing unhealthy behavioral patterns trying to help the patients learn new associations or controlling series of exposures to the factors that trigger them to behave inappropriately.

  • Cognitive Therapy.

The emphasis in cognitive therapy is on a person’s thoughts. It treats dysfunctional thinking that might lead to dysfunctional emotions or behaviors. So it helps the patient to recognize unhealthy thinking patterns and change them into positive beliefs.

  • Humanistic Therapy.

This is based on the idea that people are capable of making rational choices and developing their maximum potential. It is commonly client-centered who is seen as the authority in connection to what the person is experiencing.

  • Integrative or Holistic Therapy.

This therapy relies on integrating multiple approaches based on the client’s individual needs. An example of this is the combination of two therapies which focus on thought and behavior at the same time.

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Start with a Mental Health Treatment.

To find the appropriate professional for you might not be an easy task, but you need to be well assessed in order to make the correct decision regarding treatment. So, firstly you should find a medical doctor who can guide you and provide enough information that helps you see the differences among the professionals. The doctor will give you a general diagnosis which is the starting point for the choice of therapy.

Ask the doctor as many questions as come to your mind, and describe what is happening to you and what you expect from the treatment. Finally, you will take a decision and make an appointment with the professional that best fits your needs.

At your first appointment, the mental health professional will ask you some questions about why you think you need to come to therapy, your symptoms and how long you have had them and how you have been dealing with them. The professional might also ask you about your personal life of family and work and what you do to relax.

All these questions are essential to develop the appropriate therapy for you and decide the approach to the treatment. When you finish, a plan for treatment would be given to you, and you will be able to ask and solve the doubts you might have.  

It might take you some time to feel entirely comfortable with the therapy but if you notice that after a while you are still not sure, let the professional know about it and explain why you think it is happening so you can work the problem out and make the best of the treatment.

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Five Benefits of Group Therapy

One of several specialized services we offer at Lighthouse Health is group therapy. While some patients feel more comfortable one-on-one with a therapist, there are many benefits and advantages to participating in group therapy that you may not have thought of. If you’re new to any type of therapy and are interested in learning more about the options available, you will probably want to be informed on them all. Here we will discuss five benefits to group therapy that will help you make your decision.

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Group Therapy Helps you Realize You’re not Alone

The biggest benefit of group therapy is the support it provides when you realize that you are not alone in what you’re going through. If you’ve ever experienced anything from a traumatic event to a breakup or even a health issue, you know that it provides a sense of relief to discover that there are others who have been there and who are going through it as well. Many times it helps to talk to someone who has experienced the issue and has overcome it or vastly improved and can help you work through it. Human beings crave camaraderie, and it is always beneficial to find a companion who has been in the trenches where you are and can relate. When you meet and talk with people in group therapy, it also helps you to move past that isolated feeling and get used to engaging with others and practice your social skills. This helps to ease you back into the population, which in turn promotes healing.

Group Therapy Provides a Safe Place to Share without Judgment

When you are in a group therapy session, you have no need to feel worried about sharing or letting your feelings out, since everyone in the group is going through the same or similar things as you. While it may take some time getting used to sharing in a group, you will find yourself getting more and more comfortable with each session as others share and as you realize that no one is there to judge you. Everyone is in the same boat, and no one wants to be judged. The more each person is willing to share, the more the entire group will feel comfortable and each person can help the others make progress.

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Group Therapy Teaches you About Yourself

When you participate in group therapy, you are able to learn a lot about yourself as you talk with others who are having similar experiences. When you learn about their issues, you learn about yours as well, which allows you to see yourself through others’ eyes and view your own issues more clearly. Seeing similar issues in other people can help you to move forward and more readily overcome your own. Sometimes people have blind spots when it comes to seeing themselves or dealing with their issues, and viewing yourself through the eyes of others gives you a clearer perspective. It allows you to see the issues as others see them and helps to remove the roadblocks to moving past them.

Group Therapy Provides Encouragement, Hope, and Motivation

When you attend group therapy, you are able to both give and receive encouragement. Not only can meeting others with similar experiences give you hope for your own future, it shows you that your issues can be overcome. Even if a member of the group doesn’t have exactly the same issue, when you hear stories of people pushing through and growing and improving, it automatically gives you and the other group members hope and motivation that you can and will get there too. At the same time, your progress and encouragement will help others grow, and it becomes a support cycle that is beneficial to all involved.

Group Therapy Allows you to Hold Each other Accountable and Provide Feedback

Participating in group therapy gives members a chance to bounce ideas off of each other and give each other feedback. Just as it is a safe place to share with each other, group therapy is a safe place to give each other feedback as a sounding board and to hold each other accountable in a non-judgmental environment. It’s always easier to cut corners in your treatment or maybe skip a step to progress when no one else is looking and you only have yourself to answer to. But when you are part of a group, you already know that there are several people who know your situation and will want to hear your progress, so it will inspire you to do more and be better. Just the presence of others and the regularity of group meetings help to get you on a steady schedule of progress and working toward your goal, and the accountability and feedback group members provide each other helps everyone in the group to grow and learn, progressing and improving together and individually.


As you can see, group therapy has several benefits that are specific to the therapy style. One-on-one therapy is certainly beneficial and helpful in many ways, but group therapy provides a unique dynamic with numerous benefits that can help any type of issue. An added bonus of group therapy is that it is generally less costly than regular therapy since the cost is shared by several people. So keep that in mind when considering group therapy if cost is a factor; it may give you or someone you know an opportunity to participate in therapy when you otherwise wouldn’t be able to. Regardless, group therapy is an excellent option for anyone seeking a therapeutic environment.