How is CBT Different from Other Psychotherapies?

CBT is a short-term therapy that helps you learn more effective ways of coping with a problem. But depending on your needs, Mercy behavioral health professionals may consider other types of psychotherapy. Examples include:

  • Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) – Learning to accept uncomfortable thoughts and feelings instead of struggling with them
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR) Performing a series of repetitive eye movements to change negative emotional reactions to difficult memories
  • Exposure therapy – Being exposed to anxiety triggers in a controlled environment to learn how to cope with them
  • Interpersonal therapy – Identifying and changing behaviors like isolation and aggression to improve relationships with others
  • Mentalization-based therapy (MBT) – Learning to differentiate your own thoughts and feelings from those of others around you
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy – Recognizing and resolving negative behaviors and feelings that are rooted in past experiences
  • Therapy pets – Interacting with trained therapy animals to help reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, fatigue or pain 
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