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Different types of psychological care can address different kinds of needs

by John Smith Learner

For the therapy novice it may seem like all psychotherapy is basically the same, but the reality is that there are many different approaches, with some working better for certain issues than others. Doing some homework on the kinds of clinical psychologists in Prahran and what they specialise in is, therefore, important to undertake before booking an appointment.

Some of the more commonly practiced approaches to psychotherapy can be broadly categorised as Behavioural, Humanistic, and Psychoanalytic. Each approach comes with its own set of pros and cons, as well as various subcategories. For example, Behavioural therapy (e.g., Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) focusses on changing behaviours and tends to be more outcomes-orientated. This approach can often be most effective for individuals looking to overcome a phobia, or who might struggle with something like OCD or an eating disorder. Humanistic therapy (e.g., Existential Therapy), in turn, tends to explore the interrelation between mental health issues and a patient’s inner and outer environments. Using this approach may mean taking longer to reach useful results, but it can be quite effective for those suffering from trauma, personality disorders, or relational issues. By comparison, psychoanalysis focusses on identifying and addressing the unconscious elements underlying certain issues. This therapeutic approach is often most helpful for individuals suffering from long-term depression and/or anxiety.

While there is often overlap across these therapy categories, understanding which might work best for what can help you narrow down finding a good therapist. Many psychologists also offer different approaches, depending on a patient’s needs, or may refer you to another therapist who specialises in an approach that could be a better fit. Finding a good therapist, though, begins by realising that not all therapy is made equal, and then testing out different options to see what works best for you.


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Created on Dec 14th 2021 03:24. Viewed 153 times.

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