Therapy for Everyone
We often think of therapy as a treatment or a way for ‘mentally ill’ individuals to get well and recover. We hear of addicts going to addiction therapy to help them stop their addictions. We know of some friends who are undergoing therapy to help them deal with their past traumas. We encourage our parents and other relatives to visit a therapist after we have lost a loved one. We often relate therapy mostly with adults and mostly with depression, stress, and trauma.
However, it is vital to know that there are also other forms of therapy that are utilized by people who are simply confused or have lost direction in their lives. There is help for couples who are struggling to keep their relationship or marriage afloat and want to save it. There is actually therapy for everyone. This article discusses different types of therapy and their benefits for different types of individuals – young and old.
Different Types of Therapy
Play therapy.One of the most common types of therapy, play therapy is utilized to help individuals, especially children, cope with mental challenges and social and communication difficulties. Through play, they are able to express themselves better, learn how to communicate with people through their play therapist, and ultimately instill in themselves positive behaviors and attitudes for the future. Children with low self-esteem, sleep and eating problems, excessive shyness, and those who have experienced trauma can benefit greatly from play therapy. “Play therapy may be helpful for your child if they are between the ages of 3-12 and you are concerned about their behaviors, emotions, self-esteem, or if they have experienced a big life adjustment or trauma.” Julie Simmons, MS LPC LLC said.
Hypnotherapy. Previously controversial but now accepted by the National Health Service (NHS), hypnotherapy has become one of the most successful ways to stop smoking, lose weight, get rid of stress and anxiety, and develop a positive outlook to achieve success in life. The process involves assisting the individual in achieving a relaxed state of consciousness while the therapist guides him through positive and healthy suggestions, helping him overcome whatever challenges he is facing. “Hypnosis is often recognized as being used by performers in comedy or entertainment, and is typically seen as fun and harmless in those situations.” Ann Marie Sochia, MS, LPCA, CHT, NLP explained.
Couples therapy. Also called relationship or couples counseling, this type of therapy is aimed at bridging gaps between partners and married couples. They are given the opportunity to express how they feel about each other and discuss the issues that are keeping their relationship on the rocks. Some personal problems may be better left kept between the people involved, but issues such as finances, domestic violence, issues with raising kids, and infidelity often become magnified and need mediation. The efficiency of couples therapy mostly depends, however, on the commitment and determination of partners and couples and how much they want to save their relationships.
Group therapy. A form of psychotherapy that entails one or two therapists to work with a group of individuals with similar issues and wanting the same resolution for their problems. The sessions are usually composed of 12 people who meet once or twice a week. There are open sessions, where new participants can join anytime. This benefits those who are experiencing depression and anxiety, where individuals are encouraged to speak about themselves and share their feelings towards their problems and how they are handling them. “[T]here is encouragement to both talk about your life outside the group and also to talk about the dynamics within the group.” Psychotherapist Ali Miller, MFT said.
There are various other forms of therapy that individuals from different walks of life can get help from. When your emotions need some extra handling and you can’t cope with the stresses in life – even the simple ones – there is always therapy available for you, because therapy is for everyone.