Types of Psychotherapy

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy is a kind of psychotherapy that provides one-on-one and face to face between the client / patient and the mental health counselor. Usually this is done during weekly appointments and takes between 50 minutes and one hour. Psychotherapy aims to help the person achieve his or her goals and the overall wellbeing of the client. Psychotherapists use various techniques to facilitate change and improve the mental health or emotional state of the client or patient.

Group Therapy

Group therapy usually involves 4 to 10 people who have similar problems and they meet regularly with a therapist. The therapist uses the emotional interactions of group members to help them get relief from distress and possibly modify their thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

Couple’s Therapy

The focus of couple’s therapy is to improve the quality of the relationship between partners. Couples therapy usually touches on issues related to communication, honesty, shared responsibility, commitment and mutual support. Problems such as abuse are also addressed depending on the situation.

Family Therapy

Family therapy is a form of psychotherapy that treats the whole family and not just the individual. The psychotherapist is a trained professional to provide counseling to family members and to resolve conflicts or issues being raised within the family.

Play Therapy

Play therapy is generally used with children 3 to 11 years old and provides a way for them to express their experiences and feelings through a natural and self-guided process. Since play is the natural form of communication for children, it becomes an important vehicle for them to learn to know themselves, meet others and to explore their own emotions and thoughts.

Psycho-educational Lectures

Although not considered a form of psychotherapy which explores feelings, behavior and the mindset of the participants, its main objective is usually to inform participants about a topic. Psychoeducational groups focus on not providing a treatment or “cure,” but rather on teaching skills, satisfaction and achievement of goals. Some topics include psychoeducational interventions to improve people’s skills to handle stressful situations in life.

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