Types of Therapy Training

Types of Therapy Training

Are you someone who is planning to start a career in psychotherapy? Or are you studying to enter therapy? Either way, as a therapist, three are many ways you can help people and treat them. However, there are also many types of therapy or counselling.

Here is a brief explanation into some of the different types of counselling for you to understand before you choose which area you want to study in more or to specialise in.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

This is a therapy that treats symptoms of anxiety and depression. It helps the patients to challenge unhealthy or negative thoughts that can cause anxiety or depression. This is done through teaching the patients to overcome their negative beliefs. The people who can be treated using this method include individuals with obsessive and compulsive syndromes, uncertainties, phobias and addictions. Those studying CBT can also have CPT training or Cognitive Possessive training, which is a special type of CBT that treats post-Traumatic Stress disorder.

Family Therapy

This is a type of psychotherapy that explores family relationships. This also requires specialist training before getting into the field as a professional practitioner. In this treatment, the entire family unit will be looked at, rather than treating an individual. The specialist will be looking into how to family interacts with each other and work together. The aim of family therapy is to involve all the members of the family in finding positive solution.

Gestalt Therapy

This is a therapy that focusses on helping the clients to understand their body language and non-verbal behaviour, and help them in positive change. Under this treatment, the clients will be encouraged to or challenged to take responsibility for his or her actions, decisions and feelings. This will also help the clients to understand what is happening now in their life and encourages the them to concisely choose a better way of being or living.


This is a type of therapeutic treatment that uses hypnosis. Under this method, hypnosis is used to induce a deep the client to sleep or relax. This is done because the state of being hypnotised or relaxed helps the mind to receive new ideas. Therefore, through hypnosis it is believed that behaviours, attitudes and emotions can be changed. This method is also used to manage pain, anxiety, as well as negative practices.


This is a process that originally came from the works of Sigmund Freud. This requires a specialist training in order to be licensed practitioners. Psychoanalysis deals with the unconscious mind. An analyst will make the client aware of the unconscious patterns in order to change them for positive behaviours.

Relationship Counselling

This is a type of counselling that helps people to recognise and manage the negative patterns within their relationships. It will also encourage those involved in the relationship to manage the differences in the relationship. This method aims to train or prepare the clients to face the differences in a relationship and find ways to adapt to those differences or feelings.

These are only a few types of therapy methods that are commonly seen in the world of medicine. However, the number of possibilities for you as a therapist does not end there. So read carefully before you chose your filed and you will be able to help more people than you think.


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