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Forms of Psychotherapy

First a potted history of psychotherapy

 

Before people like Freud, Jung, and Pavlov studied the mind, very little was really known within the academic world about the human psychological process. Those that wanted or needed help would often talk with the local priests, village elders, witch doctors, and others who were considered wise or caring.

Today there are so many forms and styles of therapy it can be a daunting task for the inexperienced to find the right person to help resolve the difficulties of modern life, family problems, and emotional difficulties. This is  especially the case if you are looking while you are going through a difficult emotional time.

This information may help you understand the basic background and methods used by psychotherapists. 

On a very basic level, psychotherapy can be considered from two vantage points; a form of pure mental process considered on a purely cognitive level at one extreme and that of spiritual karma or soul process at the other.

Most forms of psychotherapy are somewhere between these two poles. Each will have it's own teachings, understandings, and broadly shared objectives.

It must be said that there is no right or wrong form of therapy, each has it's merits and in choosing, one needs to consider ones own needs, desires, and perceived problems as well as one's own background.

For example someone who has grown up in a very logical family with no spiritual teachings and understandings or even appreciations of sole or deep emotion may find it very difficult to see a therapist who uses the teachings of Christianity or Buddhism as a bases for their form of therapy. Likewise someone who has a tendency to feel in a bodily way rather than there brain may prefer to see someone who accepts and understands there process without telling them that they should be using their brain.

Logic does play a part in psychotherapy but as most people realise, our emotions are not always logical and therefore a balance needs to be found if we are to lead a fulfilled life.

So where to begin... Freud looked in great detail at the unconscious mind by analysing thought patterns, dreams and how people associated. Much of his work used hypnotism to uncover the unconscious mind. Freud could be considered the father of psychoanalysis. He lived from 1856-1939.

  
  

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NLP or Neuro Linguistic Programming

Gestalt

Psychoanalysis

Psychodrama

Core Process Psychotherapy

Jungian therapy

Transactional Analysis

See also Counselling

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