Here’s a Great Secret About Psychotherapy

PC: Markus Spiske

If you are worried about all the talking and listening you will have to do in therapy, here’s a good news for you – that is not the primary focus in all therapeutic modalities out there! Okay, so there’s always at least a little bit of talking and listening, but you don’t have to open up about anything you are not ready to do.

Did you know that you can work with an art therapist or an equine therapist? There are also therapists who incorporate movement and dancing into their work.

If you are looking for a trauma therapist, but are worried about sitting down to talk about painful things, first, refer to my post about misconceptions, and second, perhaps working with someone who offers animal assisted therapy may be a good fit. That way, you can hang out with a sweet animal therapist and a human therapist at the same time!

Look into EMDR, brainspotting, or somatic therapy modalities and see if they might be a good fit for you.

If you want to look at the connection between your thoughts, behaviors, and emotions, look into CBT, DBT, or ACT. Or you can go the traditional route and find a psychoanalyst. There are many options available to you. Just ensure that your therapist is trained in the modality they practice and ask them about how it works. Most importantly, stick around for a bit to see if it’s working. It takes time, building a trusting relationship with your therapist, and integrating what you learn to know if something is really up your alley.

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