19 Types of Psychological Therapies

19 Types of Psychological Therapies
Valeria Sabater

Written and verified by the psychologist Valeria Sabater.

Last update: 28 July, 2022

There are many different psychological therapies. However, they all have the same objective, one common therapeutic goal. They seek to facilitate changes towards well-being. Thus, instead of asking ourselves which of these psychological strategies is the best or worst, we should first ask ourselves what we need.

We establish this hierarchy in our questions for a very simple reason. Sometimes, when someone realizes they need to see a therapist, they still maintain some mistaken ideas about what psychological therapy is. Oftentimes, they have the classic mental image of a patient on a sofa with the therapist behind them taking notes.

The classic image of psychoanalysis continues to weigh heavily on the collective unconscious. Thus, it’s common for many people to not know that there are different psychological techniques and methods. That’s why people keep on asking which one is the best. Therefore, before you make the mistake of emphasizing one therapy over another, we should clear a few things up.

“Even when it’s not entirely attainable, we become better people by trying to pursue a higher objective.”
-Viktor Frankl-

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