When you think of “therapy” what comes to mind? For most, the word often brings up a scene of a therapist in a chair and a patient on a couch seated next to a box of tissues. But there are a number of unique therapeutic practices that can help you achieve mental clarity. Take a look below!
Being in nature seems to immediately reduce stress and anxiety levels for most people. So it makes a perfect environment to do therapy! This can involve a short hike with a chat or an extended retreat. These programs can be wildly successful. In fact, one research study found that 83 percent of participants maintained positive changes one year after completing the program (1). Even if you can’t afford to work with a nature therapist, you’ll see positive mental health effects from just spending more time outdoors!
Self Hypnosis/Guided Imagery
While hypnosis has always held a sort of taboo, evidence shows that it actually works. Self hypnosis can be a very effective way to manage your pain or worries. Although, don’t expect any flapping of hands or magic words. Through this technique, you’ll guide yourself into a relaxed and suggestible state, which helps to internalize and visualize strategies for change. There are many resources all over the internet that can teach you how to do this and even provide you with guided recordings!
Mindfulness seems to be quite the buzz word lately – and for good reason. This form of meditation can help you manage symptoms related to anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. The goal of meditation practice is to be aware, observe thoughts and feelings, without becoming reactive or fused with them. Getting good at recognizing this takes some time, but once you do, it can help reset the negative messages that play over and over again in your head. There are a ton of mindfulness apps that will guide you through daily meditations including Headspace, Calm, and Stop Breathe, & Think.
Has the idea of traditional therapy kept you from trying it? Between busy schedules, weekly commitments, and stigma it can be hard to make the commitment to go to therapy in person. Online therapy offers a level of convenience and privacy that removes many of the barriers that may have prevented you from working with a therapist in the past. It’s also more affordable! It works just like in person therapy, but can be done over the phone or through video chat. For those who don’t want to speak to a therapist in person, messaging therapy is also a great way to do therapy at your convenience. Give it a try.
Gestalt Self Therapy
In this interesting type of therapy, the client pictures an empty chair and imagines someone is sitting in it. That person could be your partner, a family member, or even themselves. The individual then acts out a conversations which is meant to role play how an actual interaction would go. By performing both roles, the individual can receive valuable insight into interpersonal conflicts. You can do this type of therapy on your own in the privacy of your home.
The Best Therapy The Type That Works For You!
Everyone’s personality is unique, so what works for one person may not work for another. That doesn’t mean you should give up in your search for mental clarity. If you find yourself jaded from your past experiences or eager to try something new, these unique therapies may work well for you!
Author Bio: Brandon Christensen
Brandon Christensen is a passionate business leader and mental health advocate who is on a mission to leave the world a better place than he found it. Brandon is the co-founder of Modern Therapy, a mental healthcare company that provides talk therapy services in person or online through messaging, phone, and video sessions. Brandon has been featured as a keynote speaker on mental health topics at colleges like NYU, Skidmore College, and Columbia University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ramapo College of New Jersey.
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