“A Day in the Life” by the Beatles is arguably one of the prettiest rock/pop songs composed during the 1960s. Even today it’s melodic prevalence still evokes emotion in the dark depths of the hollowest of souls. Paul McCartney bellows on the second half of the song, “Woke up, fell out of bed, dragged a comb across my head. Found my way downstairs and drank a cup, looking up I noticed I was late. Found my coat and grabbed my hat, made the bus in seconds flat. Made my way upstairs and had a smoke, and everybody spoke and I went into a dream”.
I recognize this has a lot to do with the Beatles and some may not share the same sentiments of the fab four that are concealed upstairs for myself. My apologies, however there is a round about deliverance of a point being made here.
The point is that Paul McCartney had problems. John Lennon had problems. You reading this or myself writing it, we all have problems. We all have hourly struggles and daily strife that we try our best to manage. Some of us even do so with unwanted alcoholism nipping at our heels. It’s not the worst of problems, but it’s definitely an unwarranted burden for most. Either way, disease or not, many of us need an outlet for these problems. We need a way to vocalize the stress in our lives before it eats at our insides. Both John and Paul each had a microphone to express themselves, but not all of us have that outlet. For the rest of us that microphone is therapy, and there are plenty of different types of therapy that can benefit you if you’re open to them.
The Different Types
When investigating further into how different types of therapy can benefit you, it’s important to know what you’re looking for. Therapy is the attempted remediation of a health problem, usually following a diagnosis. Sometimes this involves psychiatry paired with psychotherapy to yield the best results. Other times it may be just a matter of introspection and having a guiding hand lead you in the right direction toward discovery of self.
Different types of therapy are individualized process’ that often require trial and error; the same going for prescription medication if that route is required. The best thing to understand from the beginning of any self help session though is that what works for one doesn’t work for all. The expected or hoped for results from therapy may not occur immediately, but perseverance usually prevails. Continuation of different types of therapy will display the improvements we’re looking for even if we don’t know what we’re looking for.
It is through the open mindedness of this perseverance that the change begins. As cliche as it may seem, the caterpillar doesn’t turn into a butterfly overnight. Building the right cocoon takes time; time spent in the right therapy for yourself. But which one is that? The different types of therapy that can benefit you include the likes of:
- Individual Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
These 4 styles are most commonly practiced due to their effectiveness, but the list of different types of therapy that can benefit you goes way beyond that if explored willingly.
Individual therapy is the process of talking one on one with a therapist or counselor in a private setting that condones comfort and trust in both of the individuals. This type of feedback can be dependent on the therapist’s training and how much the client at hand is willing to open up. Some therapists fit like a glove upon the first individual therapy session, whereas others may take time to feel comfortable with before a lot of truths are exchanged. The big picture here is that the rudiments of the therapist to client relationship are one built off of simple communication between two people. This is where the basics of opening up should really be harped on.
Group therapy is a type of therapy that engages simultaneous interactions from multiple people. These people are other individuals that are usually in the same shoes more or less. The groups can vary in topic and can include factors that are relatable or make absolutely no correlation at all. This is to allow the client’s perception to expand beyond what’s right in front of them. The therapist facilitating the group often has specialized training in directing quarrels or friction and keeping the group running as smoothly as possible. The group is generally orchestrated to depend on peer to peer interaction whilst showcasing the idea that everything is dependent on a reaction.
Family therapy is a therapeutic approach to rendering strained family relationships. Family therapy is an attempt to reduce harm or disagreement(often brought upon by addiction) for both the addict and the family members that have been directly affected in correlation to selfish substance abuse. The thing most addicts don’t realize is that entire family dynamic suffers when one of its members are functioning at an impaired level and with complete disregard to the loved ones that become in the way. Those who are not addicted to substances may discover that their behavior becomes even more dysfunctional without the help and support of those loved ones once they’ve had enough.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT)
Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a short term therapy technique used to help teach individuals how to identify and/or change their thought processes. The premise of cognitive behavioral therapy is that our cognitive thought patterns and interpretations of life greatly influence how we act and feel on a situational basis. We are a reaction to every action. Working on this different type of therapy can help addicts/alcoholics recognize how one thought bubble stimulates another, thus helping to better understand the butterfly effect that is chemical dependency.