Here are some of the most common approaches 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.
Works on changing problematic behaviors, feelings, and thoughts by discovering their unconscious meanings and motivations.
Often referred to as Psychodynamic, Jungian, and Psychoanalytic therapy.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Targets psychological problems by looking at learned patterns of unhelpful behaviour.
If you want to better understand and identify distorted thoughts and develop a better sense of confidence in your own abilities, you might want to try behaviour and cognitive therapy.
Emphasizes people's capacity to make rational choices and develop to their maximum potential.
If you want to focus more on the here and now, you might want to try humanistic therapy.
Eg. Gestalt, Existential, Transactional Analysis, Client-centered Therapies.