Psychological Therapies

Psychological therapies are talking therapies involving a conversation with a trained practitioner working to make sense of and help resolve distressing aspects of a person’s experiences and behaviour. It is a process in which the person seeking help takes an active part, rather than something prescribed or given, such as medication. We have tried to clarify the different models of psychological therapies.

The categories list practitioners who have different approaches and also different levels of training. The main approaches are:

  • behavioural and cognitive
  • personcentred, humanistic and integrative
  • psychodynamic and psychoanalytic
  • group
  • systemic.


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