“Talk Therapy” is a common term used to refer to psychotherapy or counseling in general. Many types of psychotherapy exist, and they can be combined and alternated to meet specific needs as they arise. For example, you may be receiving cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) when a crisis erupts in your life, such as the sudden loss of a loved one or your job, or the onset of a serious health issue. In this case, the therapist might suspend CBT and switch to supportive therapies such grief therapy and/or interpersonal therapies to bring about a role change and foster the adjustments needed to cope with the loss. When you gain more confidence and psychological strength, he or she may resume CBT.
If you are receiving therapy, you should ask your counselor what type or types of therapy you’re receiving and the goal and length of the therapy. Your therapy should result in some improvement within four to six sessions. If you do not see improvement within this period, you should address this with your therapist and if necessary seek a second opinion.
To help you understand the nature of most types of psychotherapy in use today, we have prepared this brief summary:
1.) Supportive Psychotherapy
2.) Psychodynamic Therapy
3.) Grief Therapy
4.) Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
5.) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
6.) Dialectical Behavioral Therapy