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Types of Psychotherapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses on exploring relationships among a person's thoughts, feelings and behaviors. During CBT a therapist will actively work with a person to uncover unhealthy patterns of thought and how they may be causing self-destructive behaviors and beliefs.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Over time, DBT has been adapted to treat people with multiple different mental illnesses, but most people who are treated with DBT have BPD as a primary diagnosis.

Eye Movement Desensitization And Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR) is used to treat PTSD. A number of studies have shown it can reduce the emotional distress resulting from traumatic memories.

Exposure Therapy

Exposure therapy is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that is most frequently used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder and phobias.

Interpersonal Therapy

Interpersonal therapy focuses on the relationships a person has with others, with a goal of improving the person’s interpersonal skills.

Mentalization-Based Therapy

Mentalization-based therapy (MBT) can bring long-term improvement to people with BPD, according to randomized clinical trials. MBT is a kind of psychotherapy that engages and exercises the important skill called mentalizing.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

The goal of psychodynamic therapy is to recognize negative patterns of behavior and feeling that are rooted in past experiences and resolve them.

Therapy Pets

Trained therapy pets accompanied by a handler can offer structured animal-assisted therapy or simply visit people to provide comfort.

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Alternatives to Therapy

Don’t like the idea of therapy? Try some of the following mind and body activities to help increase positive mental health in your life.




Many people find that physical activity is beneficial to their well-being. All mind and body treatments can improve mood, anxiety and other symptoms of mental illness. Physical activity can help reduce weight gain, fatigue, and other side effects of many conventional medicines used to treat mental health conditions.

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Need Support?

Are you in need of support? Click the link below to find a therapist best for you, support groups, local resources, helplines available, some activities to help engage your mind, and more.

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Ways to Support Positive Mental Health in Our Everyday Lives

Eating healthy and nutritious foods

Practice mindfulness

Get quality sleep

Creative arts

Peer support

Learn positive coping skills


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Additional Information - Disclaimer

The contents of the Tommy Talks website, such as text, graphics, images, and other material contained on the Tommy Talks website ("content") are for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your mental health professional or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding your condition. Never disregard professional advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on the Tommy Talks website!

If you are in crisis or you think you may have an emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. If you're having suicidal thoughts, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to talk to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area at any time (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline). If you are located outside the United States, call your local emergency line immediately.

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