Which One Do You Need? The Four Major Types of Therapy


Have you lately been feeling like the world is full of sadness and sorrow? Have you lost love for all that you once found interesting? Are you struggling with sleep and has your appetite changed drastically? Do you feel it’s extremely difficult to get out of bed?

Signs You Need to See a Therapist

If every feeling that’s wracking you is intense, be alarmed. Be alarmed if you’re haunted by a past trauma and are experiencing chronic headaches; or if you’re performing badly at work and have resorted to drug abuse to cope.

Most importantly, if your friends and family notice and comment that you’ve changed, that you’re not interacting with them the way you should, then you should take them seriously. Nobody notices you better than the people closest to you.

One or all of these symptoms mean you need to see a therapist straight away. You might not understand why yet, but the symptoms will only get worse with time.

Which Brand of Therapy Do You Need?


Before you can get out there and find a therapist who can solve all your needs, you need to understand that therapy comes in all shapes and sizes. Which type is meant for you must be decided through a proper evaluation of your situation.

These are the 4 major brands of therapy available to people:

Individual Therapy

This is the most widely known and the most commonly sought kind of therapy around. You and your therapist alone are involved, and you mostly need this when your problems aren’t two-dimensional in nature.

Group Therapy

At times two patients or more might get therapy together. The aim of group therapy is to help people share their experiences better and encourages a sense of community. Group therapy works best when the group of people is going through the same problem, such as drug or alcohol abuse.

Marital Therapy


As is evident by the name, this kind of therapy is meant for couples both of the married and unmarried kind. Often when people face troubles in their marriage the onus lies on both members to try and resuscitate the relationship. Since marriage is a social contract signed between two consenting individuals, both share equal responsibility if it is jeopardized. Marital therapy has been proven to be effective in terms of preventing divorces.

Family Therapy

Often when people face mental health issues it’s from their families that their biggest source of support comes. However, regardless of how well meaning the family members might be, it’s at times essential to understand the situation properly in order to resolve it. Family therapies help bring the members of a family together and are very encouraging for the affected individual.

How Psychotherapy Helps

Psychotherapy can be either therapy on its own or be delivered with medications on the side. It’s up to the therapist and his method of practice to decide which course to take. Psychotherapy is a mélange of a number of techniques used by a licensed and trained professional. The end goal is simple: to identify what is troubling you, and why it’s troubling you.

There are 4 major benefits to gain from psychotherapy:

  • Helping the patient understand their own emotions and behaviors. Helping them acknowledge the factors contributing to his disturbance.
  • Helping clients cope with a crushing event in their lives: such as bereavement, illness, unemployment, divorce, etc.
  • Helping clients regain control of their life and to find pleasure in it.
  • Helping the client to cope with issues using various different techniques and helping them solve problems efficiently.

Based on what your condition is, how severe and long-standing it is, and how harshly it affects you, the psychotherapist decides which treatment method to undertake. Roughly these methods are divided into dialectical behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and interpersonal therapy.

Find a Therapist in NYC

Dr. Charles B. Strozier has been helping people struggling with issues big and small since years. His work spans multiple journal publications, nominations for leading awards, several memberships in relevant societies, and more. Visit him at his NYC clinic by scheduling an appointment with him here.

About the author



I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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