If you’re thinking about beginning therapy, it’s important to pick the type of therapy that works best for you. Some approaches work best for specific issues, but others work for various issues.
Even with a licensed professional, talking about your problems can be intimidating.
Here are five types of therapy that don’t involve talking:
Art therapy uses creative expression as a therapeutic tool. It includes drawing, painting, sculpting, photography, or other visual arts. The great thing about art therapy is that you don’t have to be a talented artist to participate; it’s for everyone!
Music therapy uses music, specifically listening to music, discussing lyrics, playing instruments, writing songs, or composing music as a therapeutic tool to promote wellness, manage stress, express feelings, and improve communication. Just like art therapy, you don’t have to be a professional musician; anyone is welcome!
Dance therapy uses movement as a therapeutic tool to help you connect with your body and express emotions without words! No previous dancing experience is required for you to benefit from dance therapy!
EMDR or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, is a form of therapy where the patient recalls their traumatic memories while the therapist diverts their attention by directing their eye movements and using different sounds or tapping. Studies have shown EMDR to have an 80% success rate in treating PTSD!
Somatic experiencing is an alternative therapy that’s used for treating trauma-related symptoms. The focus is on the body before the mind as opposed to talking therapies, which tend to focus on the mind and cognitive skills. The goal is to release stress from the body and help people feel more connected to their bodies and internal experiences.
If you want to begin therapy, but aren’t sure where to start, use this as a guide to help you find the right fit for you, and don’t be afraid to try multiple methods!