Psychiatrists may also have additional licenses to provide therapies.
However, if they aren’t licensed, they’d be able to connect you with a licensed mental health professional or a psychologist. Here are some therapies you may want to consider for you or your dear ones:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
It assumes that behaviour arises out of your thought patterns. i.e., when you think positive, you behave positively and are more likely to have a positive emotional response to everyone around you. Conversely, when you have a distorted sense of life, you will most likely end up being miserable.
CBT, therefore, focuses on correcting destructive or disturbing thought patterns to bring about a positive change in behaviour, mood and emotional responses.
Typically, a CBT will require you to sit for therapy sessions over several weeks or months. Your therapist will inquire about your family, relationships, job, schooling, childhood experiences etc., and analyze your thought patterns. They may then suggest ways or help you take the proper steps to address your thought patterns.
CBT involves a confidentiality clause: what’s been shared in the therapy session is not disclosed to a third person. However, that does not protect you from severe crimes you commit, such as murder or rape. In such cases, your therapist will have to cooperate with the law and enforcement agencies and disclose such sensitive information to the police or the court.
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)
It is a popular therapy that involves tapping calming points on your face, arms and palms and chanting reassuring statements to yourself; it may sound something like this: Even though I am nervous, I can win this game for my team.
EFT is a form of hypnotic therapy that treats pain, emotional distress, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In an EFT session, the therapist will inquire about your family, relationships, job, schooling, childhood experiences etc., and then lead you through a step by step process of tapping techniques and chanting.
EFT, however, isn’t backed by science nor empirical data.
It is also called talk therapy; it involves sharing your life experiences in a group setting with like-minded people or with people going through the same struggles as yours, in their lives. Psychotherapy provides a safe environment for participants to vent their emotions healthily without worrying about being judged; what’s said in the group stays with the group.
Usually, the psychotherapist will lead the group discussions in a meaningful direction that benefits everyone in the group. Psychotherapy sessions can also be done one on one with the psychotherapist.
Psychotherapy methods are used in Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) meetings to treat alcoholics and also their families. Alcoholism is a disease that affects both the alcoholic and their family; while the alcoholic drinks, their family goes through immense emotional pain and shame in the society. They both become patients of different mental disorders. Therefore, they both require separate psychotherapy sessions: one to heal from alcoholism and the other from emotional scars caused by the alcoholic.