Talk Therapy vs other therapy methods ( or vs medications)

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When considering what is the right treatment for you, it can be confusing to figure out what you would benefit from the most. This is where a skilled mental health professional can help. They can help guide you through the process of finding the best options. Talk therapy is one of the most popular and widely used treatment modalities, but it is not the only option.

There are lesser known and used therapies that are not considered talk therapy that are still used today. Some of these include:

  • Pharmaceutical or Medicinal Therapy – Probably the most widely used treatment other than talk therapy is medicinal approaches. Psychopharmacological approaches or prescription medication treatments are often used to treat a range of mental health diagnoses. In many cases it is used as part of an integrative treatment plan that uses both one or more form of talk therapy as well as medication.

  • EMDR – EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a treatment that was designed to manage stress caused by trauma. While EMDR involves a minor amount of talking, the therapist stimulates the clients eyes by either a pendulum style device or moving their finger back and forth. EMDR works to change how your brain processes and stores trauma, thereby making the trauma or memory less painful. EMDR is an effective

  • Light Therapy – Light therapy was initially used to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder by introducing a light therapy lamp. Some researchers found that it may also be effective in treating other mental health diagnoses.

  • Art Therapy – Art therapy uses a range of art techniques to help people dealing with mental health difficulties express themselves without words. For people who struggle with expressing themselves verbally, art therapy can be an effective treatment tool.

  • Dance or Movement Therapy – Similar to art therapy, dance and movement therapy allow people who are unable to express their problems verbally to express themselves through dance and movement.

Overall, psychotherapy or talk therapy are the most widely used form of mental health treatment. However, many clinicians will use a variety of techniques, some of which may include something other than talk therapy.

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