An Overview of Talk Therapy
What is talk therapy?
Talk therapy is simply talking about what is bothering you. Talk therapy
can be practiced with a friend or loved one, a family member, or a therapist.
Talking about your problems can help you to spot things that are causing
problems in your life. A person with a different perspective on your situation
can help you decide how to fix the problems you are having, and how to deal
with the things you can’t fix. Through discussion, you can find ways
to handle your problems so that the same issues won’t continually disrupt
What are the three types of talk therapy?
Here are 3 common types of talk therapy. All of these can help people to
feel better and live more fully.
Cognitive therapy helps you change harmful ways of thinking. If you tend
to see things negatively, it teaches you how to look at the world more clearly.
Example: You drop by to see a friend, but she says she doesn’t have
time to talk. Your first thought is that she’s angry with you.
This makes you feel worried and anxious. Soon you are trapped in
a flood of negative thinking.
Therapy: Talk therapy can help you focus on your reaction to your
behavior. Perhaps what she said has nothing to do with you. Maybe
she was having a bad day. Perhaps she was late for an appointment.
Thinking of other reasons for her actions help you see the event in a
more positive and accurate way.
Behavioral therapy helps you change harmful ways of acting.
The goal is to get control over behavior that is causing problems
Example: You were mugged, and now you are terrified of being alone in
public. You can’t go anywhere alone, and you are beginning to miss
days at work and school.
Therapy: Talk therapy can help you to face your fears. Discussing your problems
with a trusted person can help you do begin to overcome those fears and take
control of your life.
Interpersonal therapy helps you learn to relate better with others. You’ll
focus on how to express your feelings, and how to develop better people
Example: You and your mother are not getting along. She doesn’t
approve of your significant other, or your group of friends.
You feel that she is trying to run your life.
Therapy: Talk therapy can help you see your
mother’s point of view.
Perhaps she feels you don’t spend time with her anymore. Finding
new ways of talking to your mother helps you both feel better.
that talk therapy doesn’t have to be difficult. The simple
act of discussing your feelings allows you to gain new insight and
perspective. Talk therapy can also help to enrich your life by bringing
the people that you love closer to you.
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