Psychotherapy is sometimes referred to as "talk therapy." It may be used alone or combined with medications or other therapies. Your treatment team will work with you to determine which therapies offer you the best opportunity for improved health.

Some examples of different types of psychotherapy:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a blend of cognitive (thought) and behavioral (action) therapy. It may benefit people diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety and OCD-related disorders.
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) program combines elements of cognitive therapy with meditative practices and attitudes based on the cultivation of mindfulness.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) helps people who have problems regulating feelings and tolerating stress
  • Metacognitive remediation therapy is a form of talk therapy to improve memory, attention and problem solving and improve participation in work and school for individuals with psychotic-spectrum disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder with psychotic features.
  • Family-focused therapy seeks to improve relationships, which may help improve treatment outcomes 


What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a treatment that helps patients train their mind to cope with issues that cause anxiety or depression. Ernesto Ortiz Cruzado, MD, a psychiatrist at Ohio State, adds that exploratory therapy helps uncover potential triggers or causes. 

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