Treatment Modalities in Therapy

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Modalities of Treatment to Meet your Specific Needs

Our mental health professionals cover 30+ specialties. Explore the most common therapeutic modalities we offer on Opentalk.

Individual Therapy

This type of treatment modality is effective for a variety of mental health issues. Your therapist can help you explore your feelings, work through life challenges, identify aspects of your life that you wish to change, and set goals to help you work toward these changes.

Couples Therapy

Couples therapy can help improve romantic relationships and resolve conflicts. It can be useful if you are looking to find new ways to communicate with your partner, engage in self-improvement, and enhance your relationship.

Family Therapy

Family therapy addresses specific issues affecting the health and functioning of a family. It can teach you skills to improve communication, solve marital or financial problems, deepen family connections, and get through stressful situations.

Group Therapy

This modality in therapy helps people develop communication and socialization skills and self-awareness by listening to others with similar issues. Members of the group can encourage each other by sharing their own experiences and provide hope for positive change.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the most common questions about treatment modalities

What is a modality in therapy?

In general, a modality is a way or mode in which something exists or is done. There are several modalities of treatment: individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and family therapy are the most common.

 In psychotherapy, modality is also a particular therapeutic technique or process. The most common ones are cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and humanistic therapy. Some therapists use one modality exclusively, but most mental health professionals integrate different techniques from several modalities.

What are treatment modalities in individual therapy that are the most suitable for me?

The answer may depend on why you’re seeking therapy in the first place. If you feel alone and are looking for support and validation, humanistic models, for example, client-centered therapy or existential therapy may be a good fit.  If you are in distress and looking for practical solutions to achieve immediate relief, cognitive models like CBT or DBT can be helpful as they focus on substituting unhealthy coping skills for more positive ones.

If you want to increase self-awareness and find out how issues from your past impact your present life, psychodynamic therapy may help you understand your unconscious motives. If you are struggling with relationships, couples therapy can help improve communication with your loved ones and set healthy boundaries.

Keep in mind that therapists are increasingly blending several different approaches to get an effective treatment plan tailored to a client’s needs.

What are therapeutic modalities offered by therapists on Opentalk?

Our psychotherapists use a variety of modalities or approaches to treatment. The most common types of therapeutic modalities are cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, motivational interviewing therapy, psychodynamic therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, etc. The approaches our therapists use in your online sessions may vary, depending upon the issues you want to resolve, your needs, and your goals.

Don’t be afraid to ask your therapist about the approach they use, and to even request data on its effectiveness. You are the client, after all, and it’s your right to spend your hard-earned money only on therapy that has the potential to meet your needs and expectations.

What are evidence-based therapy modalities?

Evidence-based psychotherapies are effective and cost-effective for a wide range of mental health conditions. Here are several therapies that have been proven to work:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy

All of them use techniques that are based on scientific evidence to understand and treat various behavioral and mental health issues.