Why Are There So Many Types of Mental Health Therapy?

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Having so many types of mental health therapy options can be overwhelming. Learn about the different types and how each works to help you.

Why Are There So Many Types of Mental Health Therapy?

Mental health therapy isn't a one-size-fits-all type of treatment; instead, there are many different approaches to therapy. This can be frustrating at first. Deciding to seek help from a therapist is a big decision. After that decision is made comes the overwhelming task of finding the right type of therapy.

There are numerous types of mental health therapy available. In general, therapeutic approaches emphasize one (or more) of four primary areas:

  • Thoughts
  • Emotions
  • Behavior
  • Background

Everyone is unique. Two people with depression, for example, will experience it in slightly different ways (Depression Therapy: How Psychotherapy for Depression Works). Also, illnesses are unique. Focusing on thoughts and behavior is a proven therapy approach for anxiety disorders, whereas emphasizing emotions is a good therapeutic approach for someone with borderline personality disorder. Therapists differ, too. Many use an eclectic approach, picking healing techniques from each of these areas, while others specialize in one or two.

Which Type of Therapy is Right for You?

How do you know which type of therapy is right for you? The starting point is the relationship you have with your counselor. Having a respectful, trustworthy working relationship is the most important part of therapy. With this foundation, you'll explore what's causing you the most difficulty and create an appropriate treatment plan. It's a good thing that therapy isn't one-size-fits-all.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2016, September 15). Why Are There So Many Types of Mental Health Therapy?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 15 from

Last Updated: May 8, 2017

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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