Types of Therapy

In its most general sense, therapy can be defined as interpersonal treatment for problems that are preventing a person from living the life that he or she desires. Therapy can be beneficial for those who are suffering from both physical and mental pain. In this section, the focus will be on various types of therapy for mental, emotional, and psychological issues.

Therapy is an important component of residential and outpatient treatment for a variety of issues and disorders. The general objective of therapy is to help patients gain greater awareness, understanding, and control over psychological issues that are preventing healthy development.

Over the years, myriad forms of therapy have been developed to deal with specific types of challenges or certain categories of patients. When developing a comprehensive course of treatment for individuals who are struggling with issues such as addiction, depression, eating disorders, grief/loss, behavior compulsions, weight management issues, and related conditions, it is important to employ the type of therapy that best meets the unique needs of each patient.

This section features information about several of the more common types of therapy that are employed in residential and outpatient treatment centers. Because therapeutic care is an ever-evolving field, no therapy list will ever be complete. But the information provided in this section provides an excellent introduction to the various types of therapy that have proved successful in effective treatment programs throughout the nation.


To learn more about specific types of therapy treatment, please see the recommended reading below.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Art Therapy
Online Therapy
Equine Therapy
Animal Assisted Therapy
Family Therapy
Experiential Therapy
Anger Management Therapy
Client-Centered Therapy
Canine Therapy
Postmodern Therapy
Nutraceutical Therapy
Drug Therapy
Interpersonal Therapy
Culinary Therapy
Existential Therapy
Humanistic Therapy
Gestalt Therapy