Finding Therapy: Oh So Many Choices

Are you looking for someone to talk to other than friends and family? If you're thinking therapy (seriously, maybe, finally?), then this article from The Huffington Post Healthy Living section,  The Most Popular Kinds Of Therapy-And Why You Should Try One is a great starting point for someone who is contemplating psychotherapy, but doesn't have a clue about where to begin, or what they might need. While it is certainly not a complete offering of all the various types of therapies and schools of thought, it certainly gives a snapshot of some important therapy approaches such as Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, CBT, Group Therapy, Family Therapy and DBT Therapy and also describes the kinds of issues these therapies are best suited to target. If you already have some understanding of what you're struggling with, then this article can make what can be a daunting process somewhat easier.  Sometimes a consultation with a licensed psychotherapist or psychologist can help steer you in the right direction towards (or away from) the kind of therapist and style of psychotherapy that may be a good fit for you. Ultimately, finding a therapist who has the skills you need, and a personal style you feel comfortable with is key. Sometimes it's best to ask a trusted physician or phone a friend for suggestions. For those of you who would like to sift through even more therapy techniques and philosophies, I've added a more comprehensive list of psychotherapy approaches compiled by the good people at As you explore, keep in mind that some of these methods are grounded in research and evidence-based and others are theoretical and less rigorously tested.  Additionally, many are controversial, some cutting-edge and others are more popularly accepted, time-tested and anecdotal.

Practice acceptance, try compassion and change what you can. Take care, KS

NYC Therapist Kimberly Seelbrede, LCSW is a skilled Psychotherapist, Relationship and Stress Reduction Expert in New York City. She provides therapy, EMDR & Coaching to individuals and couples.