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How Do I Know What Type of Therapy I Need?

Therapy isn’t one size fits all. Everyone requires therapy tailored to suit their individual needs. But, how do you know what type of therapy is best for you? Talk with your therapist.

What Happens When I Start Therapy?

Your decision to seek treatment for a mental health or substance use disorder is brave. You and those close to you know what your life was like before you committed to your well-being. So will your therapist. How?

When you enter a treatment program or therapy, you will answer several questions that provide insight into your environment, behaviors, and mental health. Your therapist will assess your needs and discuss their findings and what they think you need while in treatment. Many therapists are willing to incorporate scientifically proven holistic forms of therapy into your care.

Your treatment reflects what you and your therapist feel will benefit your mind, body, and spirit. Throughout your treatment, you can adjust the types of therapy you engage in to suit your emotional and physical needs.

What if I Want to Change My Therapy?

If you no longer connect with a form of therapy, let your therapist know. Sometimes as you grow and change, your needs will also evolve. Perhaps you incorporated art therapy into your treatment for a mental health disorder but no longer feel it suits you. You can discuss why you think you need to try something new with your therapist. Or you may believe that holistic therapy sounds perfect, but once you try it, you discover you don’t like it.

Asking to explore different types of therapies is okay. Your therapist wants you to connect with your treatment. Don’t worry about sampling therapies like:

  • Music therapy
  • Adventure therapy
  • Breathwork
  • Equine therapy

Because you’re a partner in your treatment, you have a say in creating a comprehensive treatment plan that will guide you to a healthier mind, body, and spirit.

Does Trying New Therapies Help Me?

Trying different types of therapies can help engage you in your care. Why? Because when you engage in activities you like, you stimulate the cells in your brain that release the “feel good” chemicals. Also, involvement in an activity you enjoy can help your mind wander, allowing you to find solutions to problems. Plus, fun activities challenge you to push or strive to meet your goals. Sometimes once you reach a goal, you will form new ones. Experimenting with different therapies grants you the opportunity to increase your knowledge and discover more about yourself.

Therapy is an evolving process. When you enter a mental health or substance addiction treatment program, you may not know what you need. Dive into trying different therapies that can decrease harmful feelings once integrated into your daily habits. Don’t be afraid to try new things or change therapies. Your therapy is a process of discovery and healing. The Guest House wants you to feel you’re a vital part of your treatment program. We invite you to be a partner in your treatment. To find out how we partner with you to build a healthy life, call (855) 483-7800.