Therapies

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Life After Freud

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT): How Far We've Come From Freud

How do we deal with trauma? We all encounter trauma of one kind or another, but we are generally adept at coping with our mini-traumas. The real challenge is learning how to address and heal from the truly traumatic experiences in life: sexual assault, witnessing extreme violence, living with domestic […]

Social Anxiety Disorder: A Societal Problem with a Personal Solution

Overcoming A Social Anxiety Disorder: Symptoms, Tests and Treatment

Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is a specific type of anxiety disorder that most affects people during social interactions, in anticipation of social interactions, or while reflecting on social interactions. SAD appears to have a variety of causes, both environmental and genetic/biological, and affects people with the disorder in a variety […]

15 Art Therapy Activities, Exercises & Ideas for Children and Adults

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The emotional release of drawing, painting, or sculpture can have healing and therapeutic effects for adults and children alike. These calming methods of working through emotions and expressing oneself can help to understand certain things that talk therapy cannot articualte. If you haven’t experienced this, or if you know someone […]

What is Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT): A Case History

Interpersonal Psychotherapy

The discovery of Interpersonal Psychotherapy is a great example of scientific serendipity, in that, it was discovered by accident. The story goes that in 1969 the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health began a new policy of evaluating mental health treatments in the same way other medical treatments are tested. […]

What is Psychotherapy: 15 Techniques and Exercises (+PDF)

What is Psychotherapy and What is it Used for? (+PDF)

Psychotherapy is a type of treatment for a variety of mental disorders that has been used in psychology for decades. This article will cover what psychotherapy is and how it can benefit people with various disorders. This article will also discuss some ways that psychotherapists can improve their own practice […]

What is Evidence-Based Therapy: 3 EBT Interventions

What is Evidence-Based Therapy: 3 EBT Interventions

The push for Evidence-Based Therapy is a movement in psychology that aims to track the efficacy of treatment plans so that clients only undergo treatments which have been proven to work. This article will cover what Evidence-Based Therapy is, how it relates to the idea of evidence-based practice, and why […]

Mental Health Treatment Plans: Templates, Goals & Objectives

Mental Health Treatment Plans: Making Progress One Step at a Time

Planning – some of us love it, some of us hate it, and some of us just don’t have any idea how to do it! Part of effective mental health treatment is the development of a treatment plan. A good mental health professional will work collaboratively with the client to construct […]

What is Solution-Focused Therapy: 3 Essential Techniques

What is Solution-Focused Therapy: 3 Essential Techniques

Imagine this scenario: You work at a company that produces widgets. You're at an important business meeting, and you're there to discuss some problems your company is having with its production. At the meeting, you explain what's causing the problems: The widget-producing machine your company uses is getting old and […]

What is Psychodynamic Therapy? 5 Tools & Techniques

“How does that make you feel?” This question is probably quite familiar to you. It is the question most often used in pop culture to indicate or reference therapy. It is also the hallmark of psychodynamic therapy. Ironically, this phrase that immediately calls to mind the practice of therapy is […]

50 Play Therapy Techniques, Toys and Certification Opportunities

Play Therapy: 50+ Essential Techniques, Toys and Certification Opportunities

Play therapy is a type of therapy that, as the name suggests, involves playing. It has been around for a long time, even in an academic context. Recently, play therapy has been refined and targeted to a variety of different disorders, from autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder […]

What Is Family Therapy? + 6 Techniques & Interventions

What is Family Therapy and What Are Its Goals And Benefits?

We all start this life with a family, whether that family is composed of blood relatives, adopted parents, a close-knit neighborhood, or a foster family. This family that we acquire when we are born influences every aspect of our lives, from our first moments to our last. Our family affects […]

28 Therapy Worksheets for Teens, Adults, and Couples (+PDFs)

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Here at PositivePsychology.com, we’ve talked a lot about the different kinds of therapy that can help people struggling with a wide range of issues in life. We have mostly covered some of the biggest and most mainstream forms of therapy, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, […]

19 Narrative Therapy Techniques, Interventions + Worksheets [PDF]

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Imagine a narrative of your "life story" in which you are the hero of your own life, rather than the victim? It is likely that the life story you tell yourself and others changes depending on who is asking, your mood, and whether you feel like you are still at […]
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