9 Alternative Forms Of Therapy That Are Worth Considering

9 Alternative Forms Of Therapy That Are Worth Considering

Written by Craig Rogers, Posted on , in Section Relationships That Matter

In recent years, the number of therapeutic options that are available have been expanding rapidly. As new and effective forms of therapy are developed, it is important that people become aware of the potential ways they can improve their lives.

1 - Hypnotherapy

Using the power of hypnosis, patients are put in a deeply relaxed state during which they are more open to the helpful suggestions of the therapist. This form of therapy has been becoming increasingly common due to the positive results many individuals have experienced.


2 - Art

This type of therapy focuses on helping a patient overcome their issues through the power of self-expression. The focus is on the creative process and what this process can teach a person about themselves.

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3 - Equine

During equine therapy, an individual will interact with and care for horses. This form of treatment has proven itself to be very effective, particularly with children and teens. In addition to helping with emotional issues, equine therapy can be helpful in building character traits like responsibility and self-discipline.

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4 - Psychoanalysis

This form of therapy was developed by Sigmund Freud over 100 years ago. It focuses on understanding the subconscious of the patient and using that understanding to influence behavioral patterns. This is a very intense form of therapy, but can be useful to individuals willing to put in the time and effort.

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5 - Ropes courses

Individuals who go through these courses are accompanied by therapists as they experience simulated danger. This is often very useful in accelerating the formation of a bond with the therapist and encouraging the patient to open up to the therapeutic process.

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6 - Wilderness

Many people feel a spiritual connection with nature, and some programs seek to harness this through wilderness therapy. During this type of treatment, a patient will live in the wild for a period of time accompanied by therapists or counselors.

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7 - Online

This has only recently become an option with the rise of widespread video chat services on the internet. Patients going through online therapy are able to work with their therapist from the comfort of their own home. This can be particularly useful for people who live in rural areas where help is not easily available.

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8 - Experiential

During experiential treatment, a therapist seeks to form a close relationship with the patient so that they are able to guide them more effectively through the issues they have been struggling with. Much of the success of this method depends on how comfortable the patient is able to become with the therapist.

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9 - Music

This type of treatment can range from listening to specific types of music that cause certain emotional reactions to creating a piece of music or dancing to one. The goal throughout these activities is to bring a patient into closer contact with their emotional state.


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