When it comes to finding mental health services, the amount of therapy options can feel overwhelming. That’s why we’re here to walk you through the different therapy styles to find the type of therapy that’s best for you. 

When you’re ready to talk to a provider about mental health services, make sure you schedule an appointment with Dr. Wade at It’s All About The Patient in Mesa. 

Mental Health Services

When it comes to mental health services, there are a lot of choices. From family, couple, and group therapy to cognitive behavioral therapy and solution-focused therapy, choosing the right therapy can feel daunting. 

But the amount of therapies available through mental health services make it easier to find the type of therapy that will be most beneficial for you. 

Below, we will walk through some of the different styles of therapy offered at It’s All About The Patient in Mesa. Ultimately, it’s always best to schedule a psychiatric evaluation with a mental health provider to discuss what’s going on and what type of therapy or service would be the best for you. This individualized type of therapy should make the entire process less scary and help you put yourself first. 

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy uses the traditional idea of talk therapy. If some bad has happened in your life — or you’re looking for help coping with certain circumstances — talk therapy can be a powerful mental health service. 

These counseling sessions will focus on you talking while your provider just listens, without judgment or comment. This gives you a space to open us, discuss your emotions, and find practical strategies for coping. 

Individual Therapy is best for: Talking through a series of events that recently happened. For example, bereavement, loss of job, unwanted or hard-to-tackle change, or grief are good topics to tackle during an individual counseling session.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy, often abbreviated as CBT, combines cognitive therapy and behavioral therapy together. This combination creates a therapy that can help shift thinking patterns and change the way you behave. 

The cognitive portion of the therapy will focus on looking at your internal beliefs and different thought processes, seeing how those influence both behavior and mood. 

On the other hand, behavioral therapy will focus on changing problematic or negative behaviors. A common form of behavioral therapy is called “aversion therapy” where a mental health provider will help you conquer an unwanted behavior that’s in response to a negative stimulus. 

CBT is best for: Helping with depression, anxiety, and panic attack disorders. 

Behavioral therapy alone: Aversion therapy can be extremely helpful with obsessive compulsive disorder, addiction, phobias, or anger issues. 

Psychotherapy 

Psychotherapy involves the process of looking into the past for answers or solutions. Based on the ideas of Sigmund Freud, psychotherapy can uncover hidden memories or repressed traumas. 

Ultimately, psychotherapy wants to work towards a solution as your mental health provider helps you work through past experiences. In the end, if you can gain a better understanding of the past, yourself, and your goals, then those discoveries can start to help with any issues that are prevalent in the present. 

Psychotherapy is best for: If you don’t have any current issues you need to talk through but want a safe space to work through past experiences you don’t quite understand or need help talking through. For example, psychotherapy can help patients work through stress, loneliness, anxiety, or sexual dysfunctions.

Couples Or Family Therapy

If an issue or problem involves more than one person, then individualized therapy isn’t as effective. That’s because it’s not just about you and working through your own problems or past. 

Couple and family therapy can involve a significant other or a portion of your family members. With the help of a mental health provider, you can start to tackle different dynamic and emotions and problems between you and your partner or family. 

The ultimate goal of these therapy sessions is to heal the relationship and discover the root of the problem. 

Some family therapies are also called “systemic therapy.” This therapy focuses on the interdependence of you with your significant other or family members to better understand the system and where improvements can be made. Using systemic therapy can help to approach conflicts between different people and fix the entire system. 

Couples or family therapy is best for: If you’re having issues with your marriage/significant other or your entire family. But, couples or family counseling only works if all members involved are open to change and working through the issues. 

We Make It All About The Patient 

We hope that this article helped clarify the difference between different types of therapy. While it might seem like a lot of options, it’s helpful to know what each therapy can offer, depending on the type of therapy you need. 

Calling a clinic for mental health services can feel daunting or scary the first time. That’s why our team at It’s All About The Patient in Mesa is here to help you put your health first. You can trust Dr. Wade and our entire team to bring you the best when it comes to our mental health services. Schedule an appointment today and give us a call for more information.