Individual Therapy

As of 2017 statistics, nearly 47 million adults live with mental illness. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), only 42 percent of people with any mental illness (AMI) received treatment. This data does not include those who abuse alcohol or drugs.

It Is a sobering statistic. Only half of the people diagnosed with AMI pursue any form of help. Many people let the illness fester until it turns into Serious Mental Illness (SMI).

People will find any excuse in the world to avoid treatment. Often, their coping mechanisms act as a crutch. Those suffering from mental health can turn to drugs and alcohol as a method to cope. With this in mind, we wish to share a reminder for people who have ever thought about therapy. Below, we will go through the benefits and techniques of modern treatment.

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The Different Types of Therapy

Cognitive Therapy

A type of therapy that believes if you change your mind, you can change your behavior. It does not usually focus on previous experience. Instead, it asks you about what you are thinking now and introduces various techniques to solve this.

Behavioral Therapy

As suggested by the name, behavioral therapy seeks to find methods to change behaviors. One recognizable name from this field is Ivan Pavlov. He ran a famous experiment that proved one could make dogs salivate with the idea of food and a bell.

Another example includes desensitization or exposure therapy, which states that if you introduce people to their fears, they will be more likely to overcome them. You often see this combined with cognitive therapy, as you can modify thoughts to modify behaviors.

Humanistic Therapy

A style of therapy that appreciates that humans have an innate desire to make rational decisions and be concerned for other people. If you have seen a therapist express apparent concern, you’ve likely seen humanistic therapy in action.

Other common themes include an awareness of the “here and now”  (Gestalt Therapy) and focusing on free will and personal meaning (Existential Therapy).

Psychoanalysis

A term popularized by Sigmund Freud, this style of therapy is a close working relationship between client and therapist. The intent is to find one’s unconscious mind. The clients Perform a series of tests to see if a client can come to self-realization.  Since its inception, it has gone through several different changes.

These types of therapy are not an all-encompassing list of what Is available. There are many more types that delve into different realms of the mind. Some people find spiritual healing to be useful—other therapists like a combined approach, otherwise known as integrated therapy. Below, we will be going through different techniques associated with these areas.

Therapy Techniques

Through the many years that we have studied individual therapy, we still have yet to develop firm laws that apply to everyone. Humans are pretty complex creatures. As a result, treating one will be completely different from treating another.

Regardless, science has developed a few potential techniques that you can take with you. You may have had experiences with therapists using these techniques in the office.

Talk therapy

Positive Psychotherapy

Our next technique delves back into psychoanalysis. Positive psychotherapy addresses the need to keep track of your emotions during negative habits. By stopping the action and asking the feelings that come up during the stop, you can address some unconscious emotions.

For example, if you scratch your head because you are nervous, stop yourself and ask why you have the urge to do this. You may be uncomfortable in certain situations. Your brain may also be recalling something from your past.

Voice Dialogue

If someone were to tell you that we each “contain multitudes,” you would likely look at them like they were psychotic. However, I’ve spoken with many people who have told me of their doubts. You may have heard people talk about having a battle inside of themselves.

For those people, having an open discussion with yourself on those feelings is where Voice Dialogue comes in handy. If you have felt a version of yourself take over, such as feeling depressed at a social gathering, exploring that emotion is key to self-awareness.  It is something that you can do with a therapist or with yourself, or a friend, at home.

Sandplay

If you know someone with emotional or mental difficulties, Sandplay is a technique that provides children with an opportunity at inner peace. Nonverbal children who participate in this are allowed to “reset.”

Any art provides an excellent opportunity for expression.  In this case, it is as if the 3D artistic sand space that is provided allows them to rewrite their psyche. The figures that are drawn are noted by the therapist. This may reveal specific mental processes that would be difficult to express otherwise.

Getting Help

Through the many years that we have studied individual therapy, we still have yet to develop firm laws that apply to everyone. Humans are pretty complex creatures. As a result, treating one will be completely different from treating another.

Regardless, science has developed a few potential techniques that you can take with you. You may have had experiences with therapists using these techniques in the office.

References

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/index.shtml

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/mental-illness.shtml

https://positivepsychology.com/therapy-interventions-techniques/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/in-therapy/201001/the-ten-coolest-therapy-interventions-introduction

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