If you or someone you love is experiencing depression, it’s important to know the various types of therapy for depression available to you. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to counseling. However, most therapists will utilize certain therapeutic techniques and philosophies that will shape the course of your therapy sessions.
Keep reading to learn about three of the most successful therapy types for depression and how to determine which therapeutic style is right for you.
#1: Cognitive Therapy
The foundation for cognitive therapy is that your thoughts directly affect your emotions. A cognitive therapist will take an assessment of your thought life to help you to replace the negative thoughts or self-talk (also known as cognitive distortions) with positive messages.
The purpose of this therapy type is to help you learn to identify typical patterns of negative thinking, turn-off the negative thinking, and choose positive thoughts instead, which in turn improves your mood. A session with a therapist utilizing cognitive therapy will be structured and goal-focused. You can typically expect to receive homework to complete between sessions.
#2: Behavioral Therapy
This action-based therapy type is focused on changing your undesirable behaviors by reinforcing desired behaviors.
The umbrella of behavioral therapy covers methods known as aversion therapy and systematic desensitization. It is highly focused on the behavior as the problem. The goal of behavioral therapy is learning new behaviors to minimize the issues causing your depression.
When treating depression, therapists will often use a combination of behavioral therapy with cognitive therapy (CBT).
#3: Interpersonal Therapy
In some cases of depression, the causes include interpersonal conflicts and a lack of support. This is where interpersonal therapy (IPT) can prove beneficial. Through IPT, you will closely examine relationships with family members, friends, co-workers, and other people in your life in order to identify issues or conflict.
From there, the therapist will guide you in developing healthy conflict-resolution and communication skills, often through role-play. You will also learn how to develop a better support network in your life.
Find Help for Depression at Positive Living Psychotherapy
If you are facing depression, it’s possible you aren’t sure which type of therapy will be ideal for your situation. By turning to our team at Positive Living Psychotherapy, you will find the best therapeutic process to meet your unique needs and to help you achieve your goals.
Our experienced therapists, Dr. Maureen Keown and Licensed Professional Counselor Natasha Goodman, will provide a thorough consultation designed to put your mind at ease and help you to plan out the right therapy to get you on the fast track to your best life.
Connect with us to learn more about the types of therapy for depression we offer or to schedule a free consultation.