When you think of the word “therapy”, you probably think of a client sitting on a couch, the therapist sitting on a chair, both discussing life problems. And while this is common in therapy, you might not be aware that there are alternative options as well. There’s no need to sit and talk about your life if you’re not that type of person. Everyone deals with problems and heals differently, and while talking face-to-face works for some, it might not work for others.
Music Therapy is used to maintain and improve someone’s physical, psychological, and social well-being. You can listen to music, play an instrument or sing. It’s used a lot in hospitals, rehabs, schools, nursing homes, and hospices. Music therapy can benefit people with anxiety, depression, autism, substance dependency, dementia, and much more.
When you think about therapy, Spiritual Therapy might not cross your mind. It’s actually a fairly new concept, and not in many states yet. But that’s only because there aren’t many professionally licensed Spiritual Therapists yet. This type of therapy is about discussing and understanding spiritual beliefs, the purpose of life, and development of an ethical code. Some techniques include hypnosis or meditations.
Equine Therapy is a great alternative therapy choice. It practices balance, focus, and respectfulness. Equestrian helps children and adults with Autism or Asperger’s syndrome, as it focuses on movement, motor, and social skills. It’s also popular in addiction because it helps with trust and balancing your emotions as you ride.
Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that involves self-expression through drawing, painting, dancing, singing, music, and many others. It allows people to open up more and express themselves in a different manner. It can help anxiety, depression, addiction, stress, cancer, and many other health issues. It’s a great alternative therapy choice if you’d rather express through art than talking.
Individual and group therapy are the most common form of therapy which treats all kinds of health issues. It’s personal and helps reduce stress and sets a comfortable environment between you and the therapist. It’s usually in a home or office setting and can be individual or with your spouse/family. There’s also group therapy which means that you’ll be in therapy with a group of others. Group therapy is beneficial because you can hear other stories and learn from those experiences as well as get support for the problems you are going through.
Therapy is so important.
Whether you’re in recovery or you’re going through personal issues, therapy is a great idea. Some people might judge therapy before trying it out; I get it. The word therapy is strange to you because you might think it’s only for people going through really rough stuff. But, you’d be surprised. If you try out a few sessions and really talk about what you’re going through, you might end up loving it. If you open up to the idea, it could change your life. And if it doesn’t work out in the end, no hard feelings. You tried, and I respect that! Now go try alternative therapy!