8 Alternative Mental Health Therapies, Explained
How to find relief with art therapy, music therapy, and more alternative treatments
Scoot over, Dr. Freud. A variety of alternative therapies are shifting the ways we approach mental wellness. Though talk therapy is alive and well, new approaches can serve either as stand-alones or enhancements to standard psychological treatment, depending on a given patients' needs. Follow along as we sort through these therapies and learn how some people are drawing, dancing, laughing, and maybe even hypnotizing themselves to better health.
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Dating back to the 1940s, art therapy uses the creative process to help clients explore and reconcile their emotions, develop self-awareness, reduce anxiety, cope with trauma, manage behavior, and increase self-esteem. Art therapy is particularly useful in cases of trauma, as it provides patients with a “visual language” to use if they lack the words to express their feelings. To enable these processes, art therapists (who are required to have a master’s degree in order to practice) are trained in human development, psychology, and counseling. Several studies support the therapy’s efficacy, finding that it can help rehabilitate people with mental disorders and improve mental outlook in women facing infertility.
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