Each year, millions of people seek therapy and receive help for a vast number of problems and issues! Therapy can address a wide range of concerns such as depression, relationship crises, parenting problems, emotional distress, career issues, substance abuse, significant loss, and clinical disorders or conditions. You can also look to therapy for life-enhancing help in fulfilling aspirations for personal growth or self-improvement.


Most therapists work with their clients to determine the most effective treatment plan which targets clients’ individual needs or issues. This can sometimes involve elements of several different types of therapy, for example, a combination of behavioral therapeutic techniques and psychodynamic therapeutic techniques, becoming what is referred to as an “eclectic approach” to therapy.

Types of Therapy

Mental health professionals may practice a number of different kinds of therapy, such as cognitive therapy, and, for example, may call themselves cognitive behavioral therapists. Some of the more common types of therapy include:

  • Psychotherapy (a.k.a. talk therapy, counseling, or just therapy) is a general term referring to treating mental and emotional disorders by talking with a mental health professional.
  • Behavior therapy focuses on modifying and gaining control over unwanted behavior. A focus of behavior therapy is giving the individual control over his/her life.
  • Cognitive therapy focuses on changing unproductive or upsetting thoughts and feelings. The therapist helps the patient examine his/her thoughts and feelings in order to identify unrealistic and intrusive thoughts.
  • Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT) is a combination of cognitive and behavior therapies.
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of CBT that teaches the patient skills to help tolerate stress, regulate emotions, and improve relationships.
  • Exposure therapy is a kind of behavior therapy where the patient is exposed to stimuli that s/he has identified as upsetting or disturbing. Exposure therapy may be used with mental health disorders such as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Interpersonal therapy focuses on the patient's relationships with others with the goal of improving interpersonal skills.
  • Psychoanalysis, made famous by Freud, is a type of therapy where the patient examines past events, feelings and memories to understand how they shape her/his life today. Psychoanalysis is a long-term approach to therapy, usually lasting a few years.
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy is like traditional psychotherapy, but focuses on becoming aware of unconscious thoughts and behaviors to help the patient understand his/her own motivation.

At New England Counseling Center each therapist strives to develop an individual therapeutic process to each of our clients to fit their personal needs.


Therapy can help treat a variety of problems. Some common reasons why people seek therapy include:

  • Depression
  • Marriage problems, infidelity, divorce or other relationship issues
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Addictions and compulsions
  • Grief, loss or bereavement
  • Anger
  • Career choice
  • Parenting or family problems
  • Phobias
  • Chronic pain or illness
  • Domestic violence or abuse
  • Eating disorders