If you or someone you love is experiencing depression, it’s important to know the various therapy types available. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to counseling. However, most therapists will utilize specific therapeutic techniques and philosophies that will shape the course of your therapy sessions.
So, keep reading to learn about three of the most successful therapy types for depression. Also, learn 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 assess your thought life to help you 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 negative thinking, and choose positive thoughts instead, improving your mood. A session with a therapist utilizing cognitive therapy will consist of structure and goal focus. You can typically expect to receive homework to complete between sessions.
#2: Behavioral Therapy
This action-based therapy type is focused on changing 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 to learn new behaviors to minimize the issues causing your depression.
When treating depression, therapists will often use 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 to identify issues or conflicts.
The therapist will also 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.
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. So, 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 therapist, Dr. Maureen Keown, 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.