When working towards recovery, mental health, and stability, there are many different tools and styles of therapy that address the varied mental health issues which clients present with.
The style of therapy employed in your mental health treatment will depend on what your goals are and what concerns you are trying to address.
As a counselor, I believe therapy should be solution focused and goal-oriented.
Here are some of the mental health therapy tools I use most often, which I find to be very effective in addressing various issues:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is an evidenced-based style of therapy focused on how a person’s thoughts, behaviors, and moods interact with each other. CBT is effective for a variety of issues, especially anxiety and depressive disorders.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): DBT is an evidence-based therapy designed to help people change patterns of behavior that are not helpful, such as self-harm, suicidal thinking, and substance abuse.
Mindfulness: Mindfulness involves intentionally bringing one’s attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment. Mindfulness skills can be very effective for individuals desiring to gain better control of their thoughts and behaviors, which in turn assists them greatly in their recovery.