Talking Therapies - About
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What is talking therapy?
Talking therapy is a general term to describe any psychological therapy that involves talking. You may also hear the terms, counselling or psychotherapy.
You may also hear about the following types of talking therapy:
- Behavioural therapies- focuses on thoughts and behaviours. Cognitive behaviour therapy(CBT) is an example of this.
- Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic therapies-focuses on the way we make relationships from childhood.
- Relationship counselling- helps to resolve problems with relationships. This can be for couples or families.
- Mindfulness-based therapies-focus on your thoughts and feelings without becoming overwhelmed by them.
- Behavioural activation- encourages you to develop more positive behaviour by planning practical activities that you may usually avoid.
Therapy should offer you a safe, confidential place to talk about your life and anything confusing, painful or uncomfortable. It allows you to talk with someone who is trained to listen attentively and to help you improve things. Talking therapy often takes place face to face. But you may also be able to have therapy over the phone, via email or Skype.
Talking therapies can be useful to treat mental health or behavioural problems. Talking therapy may be used in combination with medication.
What can I expect from talking therapy?
At the start of therapy, the therapist will ask you about your reasons for coming to therapy. The therapist will ask you specific questions to try and figure out your therapy needs what may be blocking your recovery.
These questions help your therapist come up with a treatment plan for your therapy. You and your therapist should agree:
- what you expect from one another,
- your commitment to the therapy, and
- how to end the therapy.
You can go to individual one-to-one therapy or group therapy. Some therapies may be a combination of one-to-one and group sessions. The length of therapy can vary depending on the type of therapy and what you need to discuss.
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