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 Alternatives to Psychotherapy 

Here are some of the most common alternatives to psychotherapy that are referred to by practitioners.

Don’t feel bogged down by the details, you do not need to decide which approach works for you, but it is helpful to be more informed about the types of therapies out there, so you feel less intimidated and are able to ask your therapist more questions about their approach that help you feel more comfortable.

Somatic Therapy

Alleviates psychological and physical pain that expresses itself in the form of tension in specific parts of the body such as the head, neck, shoulders, or stomach., etc.​


​Leverages techniques such as breathing exercise and sensation awareness, dance, voice work, massages, and grounding exercises

Expressive Arts Therapy

Focuses on incorporating writing, drama, dance, movement, painting, and/or music. While art therapy, music therapy, drama therapy, etc. are based in a single art modality, expressive arts therapy is an integrated approach that uses a variety of art forms.

Responses, reactions, and insights are gauged and dissected via pictures, sounds, explorations, and encounters with art processes. A person is not required to have artistic ability to use or benefit from expressive arts therapy​.


Works on inducing a trance-like state of focus and concentration that is similar to being completely absorbed in a book, movie, music, or even one's own thoughts. 

Guides you into a relaxed, focused state and gets you to think about experiences and situations in positive ways that can help you change the way you think and behave* 

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While there should be no judgement around the modality you choose for your healing, ensure that you understand the qualifications of the experts you seek before you trust them.


Values such as confidentiality, integrity, and trust are critical no matter what type of help you seek.

Disclaimer: If you're in need of an emergency or instant response service, please refer to the following helplines:

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