Seeing a counselor has become an important aspect of treating different types of mental disorders. It empowers individuals suffering from mental illness to accomplish better mental health and overall well-being. Most effective and experienced counselors integrate alternative therapies with their regular counseling sessions to get better results.
Alternative Therapies Used by Counselors
The different alternative therapies commonly used by the counselors are discussed below:
Animal-assisted therapy includes animals like horses, dogs, cats, etc. in the therapeutic process. People suffering from mental disorders can keep the specified animals as pets with them for emotional support or learn to ride them in case of horses. Animal-assisted therapy works on the premise that animals provide calm and relaxation and divert the attention of patients away from stressful stimuli. They develop better bonding with the animals and this can improve their socialization process and help them to control their emotions. This therapy is not recommended for people who dislike or fear animals.
Music and Art Therapy
Music and art therapy provide a unique platform for patients to express their emotions in a creative and relaxed atmosphere. Music and art therapy enable the patients to be more articulate and communicate effectively with others, thereby building healthy relationships. It addresses their social, cognitive, and emotional needs and helps them to heal better and faster. In some cases a counselor might use this therapy in their session.
Play therapy is best suited for children who have developed mental disorders due to some traumatic experiences. In this therapy, children are able to communicate their feelings and needs better for the adults to comprehend. Children reveal their emotions and feelings by different acts of playing and the therapist interprets the feelings to provide a holistic solution for treatment.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT tries to address the perception of the patients of the stressful conditions and stimuli which trigger the mental disorder. The perception of these stimuli leads to the response which leads to the disorder. This therapy in a counselor session works towards improving the coping mechanism of the patients and helps them to evolve better response mechanism. Once they learn how to cope with the stimuli causing the disorder, they can control their responses and avoid the disorder from getting triggered.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
EFT therapy is overall the most effective treated counselors can use. It is a talking therapy combined with body therapy where you talk about your emotions from a traumatic event and then tap on acupressure points at the same time. It identifies the cause of stress which is stored in the subconscious mind. After identifying the causes, EFT therapy works towards addressing them and developing more positive emotions and feelings by resolving the core issues which generally occur under the age of 7. This treatment has been known to be used in a counselor session and is highly effective at resolving traumas that are continuing to cause patients issues.
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