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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Dance or Movement Therapy
Dance (also known as movement therapy) therapy involves the therapeutic use of movement to access creativity and emotions and promote emotional, mental, physical, and social health, and it’s been used as a complement to Western medicine since the 1940s. Based on the interconnection between body, mind, and spirit, the therapy encourages self-exploration through expressive movement. Some studies have found that dance therapy can improve symptoms of depression and promote health and wellbeing, but other researchers remain skeptical of the therapy’s benefits.
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