Know the Types of Psychotherapy for Mental Conditions

Know the Types of Psychotherapy for Mental Conditions

February 1, 2023

Psychotherapy or talk therapy is a treatment for a variety of mental conditions. Therapy helps people cope with difficulties in life, heal from loss, injury, treat conditions such as anxiety and depression, and can help improve mental performance. Psychotherapy works in collaboration with other therapies or medication.

The therapist will speak with you and ask questions about your medical history, profound experiences, events, feelings, and worries. This information helps the practitioner identify psychological stressors and troubling thoughts to improve your well-being.

Therapies can have various formats, including:

  • Individual. The therapy involves the therapist and the patient.
  • Group/family. The sessions may involve more than one patient.
  • Marital/couples. The therapy is meant for spouses and partners dealing with relationship issues, parenting concerns etc.

Common Types of Mental Conditions

  • Anxiety/depression
  • Post-traumatic stress (PTSD)
  • Personality disorders
  • Addictions
  • Bulimia, anorexia, and other eating disorders

Visit a psychotherapist near you or walk into our clinic in Ottawa if you are feeling unwell.

Psychotherapy can help you:

  • Regain a sense of control and pleasure in life
  • Understand your emotions, behavior, and ideas while teaching you how to change them
  • Learn healthy ways to address difficulties, relate to others, and resolve conflict
  • Identify life events such as divorce or childhood trauma as underlying causes of mental stress

Types of Psychotherapy

Psychotherapists can take several approaches to improve mental health, including:

  • Psychodynamic Therapy 

The therapy is based on the assumption that patients have emotional problems due to unresolved and unconscious conflicts, often relating to their childhood. The therapeutic goal is to speak about your experiences to better understand and manage your feelings.

  • Interpersonal Therapy 

The therapy focuses on interactions and behaviors related to your friends and family.  Interpersonal therapy focuses on improving your self-esteem and communication skills. It is often used for stress and depression caused by relationship conflicts, major life events, mourning, and social isolation.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 

CBT helps patients identify and change inaccurate perceptions about themselves and the world around them. The psychotherapist directs attention to the “right” and “wrong” assumptions and helps you establish new ways of thinking.

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a cognitive behavioral therapy used in complex cases and for high-risk patients. The term “dialectical” comes from bringing together two opposites, acceptance and change, to obtain a positive therapeutic result. The therapy helps change unhealthy behaviors like self-injury.

DBT focuses on enhancing life skills through the following:

  • Distress tolerance 
  • Mindfulness
  • Emotional regulation
  • Interpersonal effectiveness
  • Supportive Therapy 

The therapist coaches patients on managing anxiety and unhelpful thoughts while boosting their self-esteem.

You can also use complementary modalities and alternative forms of therapy in combination with psychotherapy including:

  • Art and music therapy. This may help a patient express and process grief and other feelings.
  • Animal-assisted therapy. The therapy uses animals to ease depression and anxiety while providing a level of comfort.

Are you interested in psychotherapy treatment in Ottawa?

Do you need more information about mental health and psychotherapy treatments? Contact Revive Health Solutions to book your appointment today.