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Looking for treatments or therapies to help you tackle a mental health issue? There’s a bunch of different approaches people can take, and they’re useful for different things. Get the facts on talking therapies and behaviour therapies. Work with a mental health professional to figure out what’s right for you.
There are a lot of different psychological treatments or approaches that you can try to help you deal with problems or manage mental health difficulties. Counsellors, psychologists, social workers, and psychiatrists are likely to specialise in a particular psychological treatment, or they may use a number of approaches depending on their training and your needs.
For more information about what the difference is between a counsellor, youth worker, social worker, clinical psychologist or psychiatrist check out our info on different types of health professionals.
Talking about your experiences with someone who’s good at figuring out why things are so difficult and who’s good at helping to sort through the possible solutions.
There are a few types of talking therapies including psychoanalysis, psychodynamic approaches, client centred approaches, and cognitive behavioural therapy. They’re all different ways of tackling problems, and psychologists or counsellors will work with you to figure out what’s going to work for you.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is one of the most common forms of psychological therapy. This is where a clinical psychologist works with you to change negative thought patterns and behaviour that’s causing you problems.
Behaviour therapies are psychological treatments that focus on changing behaviour patterns and habits. Behaviour therapists will often teach someone the skills or techniques that they need to change the aspects of the behaviour that they’re struggling with.
This type of treatment might be used to help you change compulsive behaviours, to help with learning problems, or to address the issues that someone is deliberately avoiding. It’s something you can choose to do to help get through a tough behaviour habit.