Types of Therapy: Which Approach Is Best for You?

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Recognizing the fact that you need help to overcome your emotional and behavioral issues is a huge step. Now you might be figuring out what type of therapy you want to try. Take an online assessment on OpenTalk to pinpoint which therapies you’d most benefit from. We’ll match you with the right therapist, depending on what you want to work on.

Therapy Types to Meet Your Specific Needs

Our mental health professionals cover 30+ specialties. Explore the most common therapy & counseling types we offer on Opentalk.

Depression therapy

Depression is a common mental health disorder that negatively affects how people feel, think, and behave. Therapy is an effective treatment for depression as it helps you delve into underlying reasons for your feelings and learn to cope.

Anxiety therapy

Talk therapy can help you control your anxiety, stop negative thoughts, and conquer your fears. You’ll be able to identify the underlying causes of your worries and fears, learn to relax, and look at situations in new, less frightening ways.

Emotional abuse therapy

Emotional abuse can severely damage a person’s sense of self-worth and lead to depression, anxiety, and PTSD. The goal of therapy is to get to the root of the maltreatment and help victims find a way out and set on a path to a better life.

Loss and grief counseling

Grief is a natural response to losing someone or something precious, and it’s an inevitable part of life. Counseling can help people grieve in a healthy manner, cope with the emotions they experience, and find a way to move on.

Self-esteem therapy

People with low self-esteem tend to see themselves and their future negatively and critically. Therapy can provide insight into the origins of your insecurities, identify self-defeating patterns, and guide you to a more realistic sense of self.

Relationship counseling

Online relationship counseling can help you no matter what situation you face in your relationship. Our therapists provide a supportive environment to help you find a way through any tough situations and make your relationships stronger.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the most common questions about different types of therapy

What Are the Most Common Types of Therapy?

There are lots of different types of therapy, but they all involve working with a trained mental health professional. We can talk about 50+ types of therapeutic approaches, but only a few of them are common. 

For example, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term approach to mental health treatment that addresses negative thought patterns or problematic thoughts. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) focuses on regulating emotions, being mindful, and accepting uncomfortable thoughts and feelings. Psychodynamic therapy can help you overcome negative behavior patterns that derive from past experiences.

What Are the Best Therapies Supported by Research Evidence?

Not all therapies are evidence-based and grounded in research. Some of them are based on theory or rely on anecdotal evidence. Here are some examples of interventions used in evidence-based therapy. 

Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most common forms of talking therapy, and it is often used to treat depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD, phobias, bipolar disorder. 

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) focuses on directing behavior in ways that match clients’ core values. It’s often used to treat anxiety disorders, depression, substance misuse, trauma, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), anorexia, and chronic pain.

Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) blends mindfulness meditation and yoga. It emphasizes focused attention to one’s thoughts without judgment. MBSR has been proven to be enormously helpful for patients with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and a wide range of medical conditions.

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) blends aspects of cognitive behavioral therapy with mindfulness techniques like meditation and breathing exercises to help people break free from negative thinking patterns.

What Type of Therapy Do I Need?

Therapy is a personal journey, so not every therapy type will work for you. It all depends on what’s troubling you, your specific symptoms, and your long-term goals. You should also keep in mind that most therapists blend different modalities and tailor an integrated counseling approach for each client based on their needs, preferences, and circumstances.

What Are Different Types of Therapists? 

There are dozens of types of licensed psychotherapists, each with a different method, specialty, or education. The most common types are clinical psychologists (PsyD or PhD), licensed clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed mental health counselors, etc. All of them are trained and licensed to practice psychotherapy.

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