The Decision Tree: Which type of therapy is right

by MindChap

July 21, 2015

Making the decision to embark on a journey of personal growth takes great strength and self-awareness. But, where do you go from there? How do you know which type of therapy is right for you?

The simple truth is that a struggling teen is going to need a different type of support system than a couple coping with infertility. This is why it is so important to find the right therapy setting, where you feel supported and encouraged, to meet your emotional needs.

Even if you’ve been through counseling before, it’s important to re-evaluate where you are now and what type of support you may need. Your first step is to learn about the types of therapy available to you. At The Center for Counseling & Psychotherapy, we offer a variety of therapy settings to help people of all ages take the first step towards healing.


Working one-on-one with a therapist forms a foundation to cope with many of life’s stressors, including depression, anxiety, and loss. It also is an opportunity to explore old or unhealthy patterns, as well as go deeper into a new phase of personal growth.


Creating a setting where you and your partner feel safe to work through your issues is the number-one priority in couples’ counseling. Under the guidance of your therapist, you will explore your relationship through honest and open discussion.


By working with a therapist who is specifically trained in helping couples cope with infertility, men and women will find the support they need to work through the anxiety, depression, identity issues, and relationship problems that so often accompany this challenging life circumstance.


The process of coping with the loss of a loved one, job, or relationship is an emotional rollercoaster of denial, anger, sadness, and eventually, acceptance. A trained grief therapist will help you navigate your intense feelings and offer guidance for healing.


Many families struggle with communication issues and underlying currents of misunderstanding. Under the skilled guidance of a family therapist, parents and children of all ages learn how to express their feelings and still operate as individuals within the family unit.


Today’s teens face intense pressures, expectations, and temptations, which causes them to act out in ways their parents find confusing and concerning. Through therapy, parents and teens learn how to communicate with respect in order to find common ground.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT):

Through a collaborative process, a CBT-trained therapist develops a tailored treatment of sessions and homework assignments to help individuals, couples, and families break the negative cycle of self-fulfilling prophecies and create the life they want to live.


Similar to individual therapy, group therapy provides a powerful setting for growth and change. Under the guidance of your trained therapist, you will have an opportunity to share your story and listen to other people’s experiences in order to gain a better understanding of your own situation.


By connecting the mind and body, you will find another language to help you interpret and address anxiety, depression, loss, and other emotional issues. Through the breath and movement, you learn to calm your thoughts and move through life with less stress.

Substance Abuse/Chemical Dependency

The use of substances to create an altered state of mind has been noted in the earliest anthropological, psychological and religious histories. When the use of substances become a primary mode of dealing with difficult situations and feelings, problems arise. People that we normally rely on for help are rejected and the user becomes more isolated and helpless, thus creating the desire for more of the substance to achieve normal functioning. Physiological problems arise with the development of tolerance to the substance, the body’s attempt to self regulate gets undermined and the dependency grows for the substance. Challenges of a normal relationship go unheeded and the relationship struggles and dies. Legal problems occur because the substance has altered our sense of self control and reality.

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