to characterize the process of bringing relief to psychological ailments through conversation between a therapist and a client, psychotherapy has most often been thought of as "talk therapy."
Most talk therapies rely on talking to explore an individual's symptoms in order to diagnose, gain insight and make connections, problem-solve, educate, model behaviors, and explore the client/therapist relationship itself to achieve healing.
Talk therapies may be brief or lengthy, focus on the past, present or future, be directed by the client or the therapist, and may be done individually or in groups.
and each has taken its turn being touted as the "best" or the "most effective" method of curing anxiety, depression or other disorders of mood, thought, or behavior.
In addition to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy , the other most common types of talk therapy used to treat anxiety disorders most likely fall under the the categories of Psychodynamic Therapy, Behavior Therapy, or Humanistic-Experiential Therapy. To give you an idea of which type of therapy might be a better fit for you, here are the highlights of these three broad categories:
The bottom line is this--studies have shown that it's not the type of therapy that is the best predictor of cure, it's the quality of the relationship between the client and therapist that is the best indicator of improvement. The more positive regard, mutual respect and trust experienced in the therapeutic relationship, the more likely a client is to report improvement and symptom relief, regardless of the mechanics of the therapy modality employed by the therapist.
The best therapy for you is the one you feel most comfortable with.
There are, unfortunately, no magic bullets or guarantees no matter what type of therapy you choose. Working with a trusted, licensed therapist who specializes in anxiety treatment, by whom you feel respected and listened to, is the key to ending your anxiety symptoms.
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