Someone discussing their problems at therapy.

A healthy mind is a necessary part of anyone’s functioning. There are therapies that are used to treat diseases of the mind, but every person will not need the same type of treatment. The following are tips to help you find the right type of therapy that you need.

Understand Your Needs

Start by knowing what your problem is and why you need therapy. There are many different reasons why people develop mental illnesses and different types of conditions that exist. Some people need help with posttraumatic stress disorder as a result of a traumatic experience. Others need help overcoming a severe phobia. Both of these conditions require the use of different techniques that are not used by the same type of therapist.

Research the Different Types

There are many different types of treatments available for mental health patients. Anyone who is not a medical professional is easily confused by the large variety that exists. Many people do not even know the difference between psychology, psychiatry and psychotherapy.

The most common types are cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy and interpersonal therapy but there are countless other methods being used today. Certain methods, such as TMS or pet therapy, are lesser known but not any less effective. Although Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy (TMS) is very different from pet therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, each method is still effective at helping people with severe depression.

Choose Traditional vs. Virtual

Since the 2010s, every aspect of life is becoming digitized. Now, it is possible to buy and do almost anything and everything online. There is a growing phenomenon of virtual therapy that is cheaper and more convenient than in-person therapy. Some people prefer to have a doctor on demand whenever they need to talk, and it’s more effective than waiting for an appointment and driving down to an office. On the other hand, people who prefer traditional, in-office visits say that virtual meetings are too distant and impersonal.

The most open minded patients schedule in-person, over-the-phone and online visits. This way, they receive an interesting mixture of therapy that uses three different methods of communication.

Finding good treatment for your mental health is not always straightforward. Many people move from one form of treatment to another before finding the right one to keep for a long time. Since everyone has specific mental illnesses and unique problems, it takes some research to find the right kind of therapy.

By Lizzie Weakley

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.

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