Information About Therapy and Counseling Models

A wide range of therapy and counseling models exists to guide therapists in their practice. Some of these have been around for years, while others have emerged more recently. On our Types of Therapy page, strives to include the most relevant and oft-used methods.

We are always open to suggestions of new or emerging types of therapy that are gaining recognition! Already we have added several of your suggestions, and we welcome many more.

Is there an approach to counseling or psychotherapy that is empowering, collaborative, and nonpathologizing, but is not in our Types of Therapy list?  If so, please confirm that your therapy is not already on our list by clicking here, and then feel free to suggest it in the comments below (please be sure to include a link to more information). If you are unsure whether a type of therapy is pathologizing, you can explore the site a bit more, and check out our Mission & Vision.

Be aware that your suggestions will be viewed publicly, and please be patient with us while we research and investigate new possibilities to add.

In the meantime, if you’re a therapist member of, you might consider writing an article about the mode or method of therapy you’re suggesting! Did you know any member of may write and contribute articles to our blog—not just our panel of Topic Experts? You can submit articles in the Member’s Area at any time, and we will be happy to consider them for publication.

If you’re not a therapist member of, we accept guest articles occasionally. Check out our Share Your Story feature if you have an experience with mental health issues or therapy that you would like to write about.  Or, if you simply would like to write about a new type of therapy, please email, and we will try to work with you to get that information to our audience.

Thanks for your contribution!

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  • Marla Scripter RN DC

    March 25th, 2007 at 4:09 PM

    Hi Noah,
    I am impressed with your project–it seems new but like it has ben growing rapidly–congratulations!

    A suggestion for the features of a good therapist–they recognize the significance of physiology in “mental” symptoms and evaluate or refer for evaluation. In a perfect world it would be enough to know that the client has a relationship with a “body” doctor, but in the current state of “health care,” people are not being evaluated for physical causes of their “mental” symptoms. I find them all the time…especially nutritional and allergy issues.


  • Ron Petit

    March 26th, 2007 at 7:39 AM

    Request you include Self Acceptance Training, as taught by Dick Olney and Cherie McCoy as additional modalities for inclusion. Thanks much.

  • Therapist Anchorage

    March 26th, 2007 at 7:50 AM

    Holistic Psychotherapy

  • Joseph Milisitz

    March 26th, 2007 at 8:14 AM

    Rational Emotive Behavorial Therapy

  • Robert Cicione,LICSW

    March 26th, 2007 at 9:22 AM

    I would like to suggest adding Trauma Relief Unlimited (TRU) to the list of therapy models. TRU is a brief treatment model designed specifically to treat anxiety, stress, and trauma resulting from a variety of traumatic events. For details on the development, research, and peer-reviewed, publication of this method please reference

  • Noah

    March 26th, 2007 at 7:14 PM

    Hi Folks, thanks for the suggestions! I will take a look at the models you suggested: Self Acceptance Training, Holistic Psychotherapy, Trauma Relief Unlimited. I could use links to the first two if anyone has them. Also, REBT is listed already, see Cognitive-Behavioral in the list of Models. Noah :)

  • Therapist Ann Arbor

    March 29th, 2007 at 5:34 PM

    Redecision therapy

  • Avghi

    March 31st, 2007 at 1:05 PM

    I just listed myself, not sure under what category, but wanted to see if you can add

  • Doris Jeanette, Psy.D.

    April 2nd, 2007 at 7:38 AM

    The New Psychology, Holistic Psychology.

    The field of psychology is a mess with all sorts of things called something it is not. The whole area needs to be cleared and cleaned.

    I teach an original approach which is not talk therapy. Neither is it cognitive behavior therapy although my New Psychology approach is based on learning research. Check out the definition of the New Psychology at

    I noticed Nicole Urdang suggested holistic psychotherapy as a new approach. To me, if you are offering a holistic approach it means by definition, you are not doing psychotherapy. So there is much disagreement among us. In addition, many people use terms, such as energy psychology, when in reality they do not offer any energy awareness as I would expect from an approach called energy psychology.

    It is good to dialogue about the words, terms and our approaches so we can help clients see what each person and each approach has to offer.

    Thank you for the opportunity to suggest and dialogue.

  • Dr Maureen Roberts

    April 3rd, 2007 at 10:16 PM

    maybe add ‘shamanic therapy, or ‘psychoshamanic’ (my term)? I have an entire section on my website devoted to shamanic healing (which many folk in psychosis find helpful and meaningful, in relation to their ‘visionary’ experiences and initiatory ordeals)

  • Dr Maureen Roberts

    April 3rd, 2007 at 10:32 PM

    Soul-centred Psychiatry

    This model offers a genuine alternative to drug-based ‘biopsychiatry’, since it focuses (as Jung did) on healing the psyche, not on a belief that folk in crisis have chemical imbalances in their brains (requiring drug ‘treatment’). The term ‘soul-centred’ reflects the actual meaning of ‘psychiatry’ as ‘doctor of soul’.

  • Heidi Kunzli

    April 5th, 2007 at 7:08 PM

    Motivational Enhancement Therapy

  • Kevin Howley

    April 6th, 2007 at 5:14 AM

    I would like to suggest Neuromuscular massage Therapy.

    Neuromuscular Therapy is a structurally integrative approach to pain relief. The method is based on finding improper structural and biomechanical patterns in the patient’s body. Once these patterns are analyzed, a comprehensive program is designed to guide the client through the five stages of rehabilitation:

    1. Eliminate muscle spasm

    2. Restore flexibility

    3. Restore proper biomechanics

    4. Increase muscle strength

    5. Increase muscular endurance

    Our purpose is to not only eliminate the pain, but also educate the patient on ways to prevent recurrence of the injury.

    Neuromuscular Therapy fills a void left by traditional health care by analyzing soft tissue causes of pain. According to recent research approximately 90% of pain symptoms are considered idiopathic, which means there is no known cause. We believe the reason there is no known cause is that a proper investigation into the patient’s soft tissues is not being performed. Neuromuscular Therapy is a way to analyze and thoroughly explore the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in order to find these hidden sources of pain.

    Restoring proper structure and biomechanics not only alleviate pain, but can positively affect a variety of physiological & psychological conditions stemming from physical limitations. One of the neurological laws that are the basis for Neuromuscular Therapy is Wolff’s law. Simply stated, “form follows function and function follows form.” Thus, a distortion in the form of the body is often correlated to improper function of the body. For example, a slouching posture can decrease digestive function or a trigger point in the ear can affect hearing or balance. When proper structure is restored to the body, the accompanying physiological problems are often alleviated.

    It is better and easier to use NMT as a PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE THERAPY, along with nutrition, than to try and get your health and wellness back with TREATMENT THERAPY!

    NMT covers a lot of ground and can help in many, many areas of health and wellness. Too many, in fact, to cover in this message. Yet it is still very unknown to the public. It is often under the very undescriptive title of “deep tissue massage”, which is very inaccurate description for NMT.

  • Kevin Howley

    April 6th, 2007 at 5:53 AM

    Oh, a side note, I am NOT a Mental Health Professional, Counselor, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Physician or Nurse Practitioner. I do not have graduate level academic training in psychotherapy and mental health counseling.

    I am a Neuromuscular Massage Therapist with extensive training and certification in this type of bodywork. While some parts are similar to Feldenkrais Method, and in many parts it is nothing like it. I’d like to be able to list my practice on your site, as I know I can help a lot of people if they become aware of my services. NMT can even be beneficial to those with A.D.D. and ADHD, to help them become more productive in their lives. I have a theory that these conditions are nothing more than a lack of body awareness from the person, where the body is designed to move, yet is being prevented from doing so in social situations such as classrooms, and therefore it is seen as disturbing. NMT can help focus the body and mind to understanding when and where to be active! and how to “flip the switch” to the neuromuscular system and help the body move proficiently when appropriate.

  • Jody

    April 6th, 2007 at 11:51 AM

    Hi, I like your website and the extensive listings you offer and modalities. There is another model that I find very helpful for child and adolescent trauma victims called Trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy also recognized by the child streess network. For more information, feel free to visit the trauma website:

  • Therapist Antioch

    April 10th, 2007 at 5:51 AM

    This is a great site, but i work in the field of Spiritual healing and this is a form of more of a holistic approach so you may want to add complementary Therapy.
    Regards Theresa xxxxx
    best of luck to the site!!

  • admin

    April 10th, 2007 at 9:22 PM

    Thanks to everyone who posted their suggestions for Models of Therapy to add to our list. We’ve been going through some major growing pains and internal changes to our website. As soon as we have time we’ll be reviewing all the suggestions and adding many of these models to our list. Thanks so much for your patience! Noah :)

  • Lana Ackermann

    April 11th, 2007 at 10:55 AM

    I would love to see Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) included.
    Also Body Talk

  • Philip Harland

    April 12th, 2007 at 2:36 AM

    Noah – you might like to consider adding ‘Therapeutic Metaphor’ ‘Clean Space’ and ‘Emergent Knowledge – the Power of Six’ to your list of therapies associated with ‘Clean Language’ (which – many thanks – you have added). They are all developments of David Grove’s work in Clean Language. More about Therapeutic Metaphor and Clean Space on the cleanlanguage website. Not much published yet on Emergent Knowledge – the Power of Six, but DG and I are currently writing a book and will be running workshops on it later this year.
    All the best

  • Therapist Arlington Heights

    April 12th, 2007 at 10:22 AM

    You might consider BSFF (Be Set Free Fast). It is another of the Energy Therapies, but significantly different at this point to deserve it’s own designation, just as EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) has been differentiated. The link for the web site is:
    I hope that is helpful.

  • Therapist Ashland

    April 14th, 2007 at 3:40 PM

    Somatic Experiencing:

  • Therapist Athens Clarke

    April 14th, 2007 at 3:41 PM

    Somatic Experiencing:

    [name-spelling correction]

  • Michael Coen

    April 14th, 2007 at 5:49 PM

    Exchanged Life Counseling
    by Charles Solomon, Bill Gillham
    This is an approach that fits clients who wish to incorporate their Christian faith into their counseling process.

  • Therapist Atlanta

    April 14th, 2007 at 7:01 PM

    Energy Healing

  • Dr. Mark Sehl

    April 14th, 2007 at 7:30 PM

    Modern Psychoanalysis is a method of treatment detailed by Dr. Hyman Spotnitz to treat problems related to narcissism. The method involves helping patients develop a narcissitic transference so certain resistances to communication can be resolved. The theory states that symptoms arise from early frustration of needs with no outlet for aggression resulting in the narcissistic defense (self-attacks, withdrawal, depression, thought confusion, self-ridicule). The object of treatment is to provide a trusting relationship where free expression of all feelings can take place through analysis of transference and resistance, and through the real relationship with the therapist.

  • Chris Collingwood

    April 14th, 2007 at 9:23 PM

    Provocative Therapy

    Provocative Therapy was developed by Fran Farrelly.

  • Astar Shamir

    April 14th, 2007 at 10:07 PM

    I would suggest to add to the list of therapies suggested:
    Voice healing
    or Sound Healing

    Astar Shamir

  • Hephzibah Kaplan

    April 15th, 2007 at 12:59 AM

    Provocative Therapy developed by Frank Farrelly (circa 1975). It is a well-developed therapeutic approach of using humour and reverse psychology to effect behavioural change.

  • Joan Levy

    April 15th, 2007 at 3:02 AM

    breathwork, rebirthing, reichian breathwork, middendorf breath therapy

  • Dr. Fahey

    April 15th, 2007 at 5:52 AM

    Training & Performance Improvement


    Energy Healing Management

  • Tamara Lesley

    April 15th, 2007 at 8:20 AM

    ‘Vibrational Frequency Therapy’ is a Therapy that I practice with people that are torn by their emotions, wants, needs and emotional problems. We speak together in person, e-mail, or exchange thoughts to help ease them of the vibrations that they are experiencing in their life at the time. My work is to pick up on their ‘vibrational energies’ at the time and to work on a deeper level than only talking or e-mailing. I am a Spiritual Counselor that listens, feels and picks up on a higher level of feeling working with my Guides and intuition. The God Source within all of us allows us to feel others pain, frustration, and sadness and also gives us the ability to give them the proper therapy by listening, reading the situation through Soul intuition and helpful guidance by working with the person on an emotional level. It is my practice to make them comfortable with who they are and what they are experiencing by teaching them to let go, relax and to know that all things change either through time or allowing change. I teach them that change will open doors to a better and more contented life if they will allow the situation to change by letting go or working on a deeper committed level of thinking, meditation, trust in themselves and prayer.
    I have written a book titled, ‘Spiritual Harmony,’ a guide to spiritual enlightenment, that helps open a person’s thought process to accept themselves as they are while they are working on spiritual vibrations to uplift them and free them from their pain.
    I do give readings and work with those who reach out to me on a Free basis because my knowledge is God given and, learned through life’s ups and downs and working with others who need guidance to accept life as we see it and how we can bring about change through our thought process and vibrational energies as we choose to feel.

  • Tamara Lesley

    April 15th, 2007 at 8:27 AM

    I live fifteen minutes out of Dayton, Ohio and also visit people in Hospitals, Nursing Homes and homes when requested to do a ‘Vibrational Healing’ through prayer said in my mind and a hands above the body contact through healing light and energy. The only way that I accept money is through a donation for the gas to visit and return home. I do not charge for the gift of Healing vibrations and counseling regardless of who it is or where I have to go. You may visit my site at: to pick up vibrations as to the kind of love, peace and light that I offer others by working with them through their problems.

  • Wietzke van Oene

    April 16th, 2007 at 12:17 AM

    I would like to suggest adding Biodynamic massage therapy: from physiotherapy to psychotherapy

    The way in which we perceive the world and interact with it depends fundamentally on the quality of aliveness of the tissue (Keleman, 34)

    Discovering the natural rhythms of breathing, becoming aware of and respecting, the defences against full respiration [is] a different kind of revelation […] Witnessing this, people come to a new understanding of how their emotional life is lived in their body, and the impossibility to attempting to deceive, deny or disown the body. (Lee, 118)

    Gerda Boyesen was trained at the Ulleval Clinic in the technique of psycho-motor (i.e. neuro-muscular) therapy in the 1950’s. She learned from a physiotherapist called , Aadel Bulow-Hansen, who was taught by Trygve Braatoy, a student of Reich’s and a psychiatrist in Norway. Although Gerda Boyesen has emphasised her own independent discoveries in connection with bodywork, Wilhelm Reich was nevertheless indirectly a key figure in the development of her ideas. Reich, influenced by Freud and Ferenczi, was a pioneer in the articulation of a holistic paradigm for psychotherapy. He situated bodily experience within a frame that co-ordinated physiology, mental representation, unconscious communication – including transference – and the impact of society on an individual. In particular, he focussed on muscular armour in its function of inhibiting impulses, numbing sensation and binding excitation. The musculature embodied the ego, he concluded and ‘every muscular rigidity contains the history and meaning of its origin’. (Reich, 1947, 300) In his psychoanalytic work, he combined interpretation with systematic pressing and squeezing of muscle and with mimicry of and verbal description of the patient’s manner, body language and gesture. He perceived his patient’s bodily structure and their physical symptoms as ‘acquired vegetative behaviour’, directly reflecting and enacting their characterological conflicts. (Reich, 1947, 301)

    Whilst Bulow-Hansen refined the technique of releasing the patient’s restricted breathing via massage, she was not interested in the process material or the theory (this was taken to the psychiatrist). But Boyesen, who had undergone vegetotherapy (Reichian analysis) with Ola Raknes, had a degree in psychology and a physiotherapy training, was fascinated by the theoretical and clinical implications of what she saw. Although she later combined massage and psychotherapy, as a physiotherapist the exclusive emphasis was on observation of the vegetative (i.e. autonomic) aspects of the patient’s reactions, and how both to stimulate and modify them.

    Boyesen broadened Reich’s idea of muscle armour and autonomic imbalances to include all other layers of psychosomatic organisation, including connective tissue, bone, skin, viscera and aura. At every level, she hypothesised, encapsulations occurred, preventing the dynamic flow of feeling/information in order to limit emotional pain: ‘Just as the musculature and the viscera have barriers to hold repression intact and prevent spontaneity, so the tissue has an infiltration, a tissue-armour, which desensitises and disturbs normal circulation and homeostasis, physical, mental and spiritual.’ (Boyesen, 1980, 70) One of her major contributions to body psychotherapy was to grasp the systemic consequences of sustained repression and deprivation, which she called ‘the somatic compromise’. (Boyesen, 1974b) She was sensitive to the layers of hyper and hypotonic muscle, different kinds of tissue disturbance, tension in internal organs and in joints, and variation in skin capacities.

    In particular Boyesen focussed on the way that the quality of the connective tissue – its colour, degree of sensitivity, elasticity, density or looseness, and chemostasis (toxicity) – was an immediate indicator of both chronic and acute emotional states. Through palpation of tissue she perceived the specific quality of the client’s membrane (tissue) and the nature of the structure/containment if provided. She began to formulate how the vasomotoric (i.e. blood circulation) cycle was related to stages in an emotional cycle. The vasomotoric cycle is an holistic concept: the degree of permeability of tissue, the ‘charge’ or absence of charge in the fluid are seen as important indicators as to how ripe feelings are for release, expression, assimilation and/or formulation. (Charge is literally manifest as increased colour, warmth and swelling in the tissue) The combination of therapeutic presence and the use of appropriate massage techniques helps the body regulate and assimilate on an autonomic level. This in effect also facilitates transitions in psychological states, whether explored verbally or not.

    Feelings are regarded as spontaneous vegetative processes, which may be inhibited for any reason (conscious or unconscious) by muscular contraction (the ‘motoric ego’). Boyesen was interested in the relationship between the autonomic nervous system (broadly identified with the id) and. the central nervous system (identified with the ego). The optimal co-operation between the two systems, she proposed, being converted into temporary or chronic opposition where environmental failure did not support recovery from distress. (Boyesen, 1980, 58-60) [i] She suggests that the unresolved internal conflict is maintained as a latent visceral pressure, which when re-stimulated becomes a more urgent experience of psychological (mind) and physiological (body) pressure in the client.

    Boyesen’s techniques are directed towards gradually melting visceral, tissue and muscle armour, allowing what has been repressed to re-emerge and be expressed and assimilated. The aim is a steady titration, with the awareness that at any moment the cumulative effects of dissolving tension may lead to a spontaneous emotional abreaction or vegetative reaction (sweating, nausea, startles, a rash etc) (Boyesen, 1980) In contradistinction to psychoanalytic therapy where symptoms may be perceived as acting out, vegetative reactions are seen as a kind of clearing house for completing emotional cycles.

    One of Boyesen’s important discoveries was that by listening through a stethoscope to the peristaltic sounds (rumblings in the gut), she could track the body’s unconscious response to touch. Peristalsis is an indicator of parasympathetic activity, and therefore relaxation, which happens when conditions of emotional safety are sufficient. But more than that, peristalsis, she noticed, was affected by the precise location and pressure of touch, and was particularly strong where there were areas of fluid accumulation. She hypothesised that the peristalsis, a sign that the abdominal digestive process was ‘open’, actually helped digest the remnants (hormonal-psychological) of stress in the body. The converse, in neurosis, is described as ‘abdominal closure’, and is often accompanied by gastrointestinal symptoms and difficulties with processing feelings. She conceived of ‘psycho-peristalsis’ as an important mechanism for discharging excess pressure/stimulation, akin to but much subtler than Reich’s orgasm reflex. This intestinal function can be nurtured by massage over a period of time, so that it increasingly comes into operation spontaneously, independent of touch. In this way, biodynamic massage can help restore the optimal functioning of the gut and enhance the individual’s capacity for psychological containment and self-regulation. (Boyesen, 1974b)

    Working on a wide range of psychiatric patients taught Boyesen how to moderate as well as stimulate dynamic processes in the body. Whereas challenging techniques to undo the diaphragmatic defence against breathing were suitable for some clients, for ‘ego weak’ clients following the peristalsis (so that internal pressure is consistently modified) was more effective. In addition, she started in her own private practice to combine modalities, and biodynamic psychotherapy became built around the triad of chairs, mattress (for vegetotherapy) and massage table. (See Bernd Eiden’s chapter) In the following case history, I focus particularly on the classical biodynamic approach of ‘melting’ tissue and visceral armour through gentle work on the connective tissue and psychological holding.”

    Extract from ‘Biodynamic Massage as Psychotherapy’ in Advances in Body Psychotherapy’ ed. Staunton (Routledge, 2002)

    Although biodynamic theory has not been incorporated into mainstream science, its formulations anticipate emerging neuroscientific principles which emphasize holistic function: the concerted effect of both neural and chemical processes, functional identity of emotional and autonomic self-regulation, and the complex interplay of parts of the nervous systems developed at different evolutionary stages. (Damasio, 1994, 1999) In the developing field of neuro-psychoanalysis, there has been great interest in self-regulation. The balancing of sympathetic and parasympathetic functions is an aspect of psychological health deriving from secure attachment, and its antithesis is the chaotic emotionality of an individual whose autonomic nervous system is chronically disordered. (Schore) Although body psychotherapy theory has not been incorporated within the frame of reference of the neuro-psychoanalysts, I believe it has a valuable contribution to make as a ‘third reference point’, integrating physiology, phenomenology, and psychodynamic theory.

  • Wietzke van Oene

    April 16th, 2007 at 12:55 AM

    I would like to suggest adding Healing Touch.
    Healing Touch is used in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, long term care facilities, private practices, hospices, and spas. Janet Mentgen, RN, founded Healing Touch in 1989 as a continuing education program for nurses, other health care professionals, and lay persons. Today Healing Touch has spread internationally and is taught in universities, medical and nursing schools, and other settings internationally, as in the Netherlands where I practice and teach Healing Touch.

  • Michael Picucci

    April 16th, 2007 at 9:01 AM

    I suggest you add “Focalizing” which blends Somatic Experiencing, Focusing, and Family Constellation work among other Energy Psychologies. You can read about it at:

  • Molly Choate

    April 17th, 2007 at 6:25 AM

    I suggest adding Exposure with Response Prevention as a treatment modality.

  • Kathy Woo

    April 18th, 2007 at 10:27 AM

    Hi Noah,

    This site is great, and what a wonderful idea. I also loved the pictures of the Chief Playful Officer!

    I’d like to recommend Depth Hypnosis as a model. It is an innovative form of therapy that incorporates Shamanism, Buddhism, Transpersonal Psychology, Integrated Energy Medicine and Hypnosis. Depth Hypnosis believes that everyone has the ability to heal themselves and that everyone is more than a diagnosis. It’s an amazing, empowering way to work!

    It’s great for healers, therapists, those in service and those interested in personal growth. It can be used to address imbalances on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level.


  • Vinaya Prabha

    April 23rd, 2007 at 1:25 AM

    I suggest adding spiritual psychology.

  • Therapist Bainbridge Island

    April 30th, 2007 at 4:05 PM

    I would like to suggest Psych K. It is a tool to help “edit” the beliefs of the subconscious mind, so that one can use the power of mind to achieve goals.

  • Therapist Baltimore

    May 2nd, 2007 at 5:23 PM

    I would like to suggest Anger Management. Thank you

  • Lee Horton, Ph.D.

    May 18th, 2007 at 7:27 AM

    Great site – I would list systems theory as a theoretical background, although I suspect clients could care less what our underlying theoretical base is.
    Lee Horton

  • Therapist Beaverton

    May 25th, 2007 at 11:38 AM

    Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

  • Carol Skolnick

    May 27th, 2007 at 8:19 AM

    Please add The Work of Byron Katie to your list, an inquiry process resulting in cognitive restructuring now being used with great success at the University of Washington clinic and elsewhere. Facilitators of The Work must now undergo extensive training for certification, details at

  • Connie Isele

    May 29th, 2007 at 8:26 PM

    Two suggestions: Holotropic Breathwork & Transpersonal

    Thank you

  • Patricia Kelly

    May 30th, 2007 at 9:09 AM

    Hi, I would suggest Adlerian psychotherapy as a category.

  • Gloria Moore

    May 30th, 2007 at 12:25 PM

    A suggestion for a therapy model to be added is Lifespan Integration. It was designed by Peggy Pace for working with adults who were traumatized as children. Lifespan Integration processing causes dissociated ego states and feeling states to become integrated into the client’s whole self system.

    For more information see:

    Thank you.

  • admin

    May 30th, 2007 at 12:40 PM

    Thanks to all of you who have suggested models of therapy & counseling to add. As you can see the growth of our site has been phenomenally fast and, with so much to do, we’ve fallen behind. We’ll soon review the various models suggested above and update our lists: both on our models of therapy page and the one used during the sign up process and the search for a therapist process.

    Gloria, Are you familiar with Internal Family Systems therapy (IFS). The way you describe Lifespan Integration reminds me of the IFS model which I use in my work. Does Lifespan integration make use of the Self? In IFS the Self is described as the curious, compassionate, calm, confident, centered, connected core of a person. The Self is a state that, when embodied, allows us to safely access the dissociated ego states which have been exiled so that we can help them to unburden their extreme feelings and beliefs. Retrieval and integration is also a part of the IFS healing process. Anyway, I’m curious and will check out their website. Thanks so much, Noah :)

  • Fred Gerhard

    May 30th, 2007 at 8:16 PM

    How about Interpersonal Psychotherapy?

    I love your site and especially that you included Positive Psychotherapy.
    It’s the core of what I do at Inspirations.

    Best of everything to you!


  • Gidolf Lazarus

    June 7th, 2007 at 1:01 PM

    I have two suggestions:

    1. Yoga Therapy – this is a therapeutic form of yoga using guided imagery method.
    2. Silva Methods – another guided imagery method using psychic and cosmic energy to heal physical and psychological conditions.

  • Keith Miller

    June 19th, 2007 at 10:44 AM

    I would suggest:

    Imago Relationship Therapy

    There are thousands of clinically trained Imago Therpists in over 30 countries. See


  • admin

    June 19th, 2007 at 12:16 PM

    Hi Keith, Thanks for the suggestion. The good news is that Imago has been in our list of therapies since we started GoodTherapy. You can log back in to your listing and add it to the models of therapy you use. Thanks, Noah :)

  • Dr. H.

    June 19th, 2007 at 11:12 PM

    Please add conflict resolution therapy.

    Please feel welcome also to post the article which I have copied below, which I just wrote for your blog on personality disorders.

    Susan Heitler, Ph.D.
    From Conflict to Resolution
    The Power of Two
    and the teaching video for marriage therapy, The Angry Couple.

    By Susan Heitler, Ph.D., author, From Conflict to Resolution

    For therapy with the so-called personality disorders of borderlines and narcissists, a non-pathologizing orientation can be helpful. These are folks who function in a borderline or narcissistic matter, that is, in a way that is emotionally stormy and ‘all about me.’ In both syndromes, the folks are not sick; they are unskilled, and as a result they make very difficult marriage partners.

    In this regard, it is important to note that there are alternatives to the notion, which fits for some but by no means all borderline and narcissistic folks, that their problem is too much childhood suffering and pain. Too much success, especially success at getting one’s way by ignoring others’ concerns while expecting others to respond to one’s own, can create these disorders with or without what we usually think of as emotional injuries.

    What folks sometimes refer to as “spoiled” kids, emotional kids who always get their way because they have overpowered their parents with their intense emotional storms, are at risk for becoming borderlines. Specially talented kids, at the same time, are at risk for what I call “tall man syndrome,” i.e., becoming narcissists. They are at risk for feeling so talented or tall or smart that what they want seems to them, and often to others as well, as far more important than what others want.
    In other words, borderline and narcissistic syndromes are patterns of response to situations in which what they want feels sacred and what others want, irrelevant.

    This model of personality disorders, based on conflict resolution theory, (see From Conflict to Resolution by Susan Heitler) leads to a practical treatment response. Teach narcissists and borderlines to listen and become responsive to others’ concerns, teach them win-win conflict resolution, and they will learn to function with emotional health and even personal maturity.

    A key part of the skill set narcissists and borderline personalities need to learn, in order to do win-win conflict resolution, is emotional self-regulation. After years of pitching fits to get what they want, they typically need much coaching to learn to recognize anger as it begins to arise, remove themselves from the situation, self-soothe, and then return in a calm problem-solving mode to find win-win solutions.

    This kind of treatment approach requires first that the therapist become an expert in conflict resolution, and then that the therapist become a great coach for conveying the skills to clients.

    In sum, with enough confrontation on their old ways of powering over others, plus coaching in win-winconflict resolution skills, men and women who function in the manner of borderlines and narcissists but who want to grow up can learn the skills to become mature adults and excellent marriage partners.

  • Therapist Bethesda

    June 22nd, 2007 at 8:25 PM

    Please include Sullivan’s Interpersonal Theory!

  • Therapist Beverly Hills

    June 25th, 2007 at 9:56 AM

    wilderness therapy is a fairly broad term, but it would nice to include the realm of therapeutic interventions used in conjunction with taking a person in to the out-of-doors.

  • Therapist Blacktown

    June 28th, 2007 at 3:20 PM


  • Joan Saks Berman, Ph.D.

    June 28th, 2007 at 3:52 PM

    I suggest the addition of Relationship Enhancement Therapy.

  • Daniel McCracken

    July 1st, 2007 at 5:27 AM


  • The Team

    July 2nd, 2007 at 3:54 PM

    Many thanks to all of you who have suggested a model of therapy to add to’s list. Today we updated our list, both on the “Find a Therapist” page in the drop-down menu and the “Types of Therapy” page found here:

  • Therapist Boise

    July 4th, 2007 at 9:51 PM

    Spiritual Psychology.

  • Paul Cooper

    July 6th, 2007 at 2:18 AM

    Hi Noah,

    Thank you for reaching out to me. This is an amazing project that you have gotten together here.

    I would like to suggest “Buddhist -oriented Psychotherapy” and/or “Zen-Psychotherapy”

    Warm wishes,


  • Regina Sewell

    July 6th, 2007 at 1:18 PM

    Non-Violent Communication (or compassionate communication)

  • Therapist Boston

    July 7th, 2007 at 11:59 PM

    PTSD Therapy

  • Irene Oudyk-Suk

    July 10th, 2007 at 10:45 AM

    Gottman Method of Couple’s Therapy

    see gottman’s website:

  • Terrence Schomburg, Ph.D.

    July 22nd, 2007 at 5:17 PM

    I would suggest that a new topic be included regarding Creative Cognitive Restructuring, which I am seeking to articulate through such writings as my own book, “Achieving Spiritual Sanity” (see I have presented, in this book, a vwide ariety of ideas and approaches toward assisting patients/clients in their efforts to move from an irrational and self-defeating set of beliefs and/or assumptions about their world toward a more life-enhancing and joyfullness-fostering perspective on their emotional and interpersonal universes. (See specifically, Chapter Six: “Methods for Managing Emotions”. The book is based on my 30 years of experience as a licensed Psychologist (Licensed in Wasington State and Maryland).

  • Terrence Schomburg, Ph.D.

    July 22nd, 2007 at 5:41 PM

    I AM ATTEMPTING TO FOSTER AN AWARENESS OF WHAT i HAVE TERMED “CREATIVE COGNITIVE RESTRUCTIRING”, ASPECTS OF WHICH HAVE BEEN ARTICULATED, WITHOUR SO LABELING, IN MY BOOK, “ACHIEVING SPIRITUAL SANITY”; FINDING A PATH TO A MEANINGFUL LIFE IN THE MODERN WORLD. Thorughout the book, and most specifically in Chapter Six, (Methods fo rManaging Emotions), I have described approaches to treatment, which I have employed for more than 30 years as a licensed psychologist, with a very wide variety of clientele.

  • Marina Nelson, MC, LPC, NCC

    July 26th, 2007 at 10:28 AM

    Thank you for this amazing website. What a relief to find a network of like minded people/practitioners.

    I’d like to suggest adding “energy psychiatry” as defined by Dr. Judith Orloff, MD. She differentiates it energy psychiatry from “energy psychology” and it commited to assisting people with developing their inner ability to self heal/self guide.

    Here’s a snapshot from her website:
    “We are keepers of an innate intuitive intelligence so powerful that it can tell us how to heal and prevent illness. Dr. Judith Orloff, a psychiatrist, practicing intuitive, and pioneer in the new field of Energy Psychiatry shows how to reclaim this intelligence. She passionately believes that the future of medicine lies in using intuition to access our body’s subtle energies for greater wellness. This sacred energy is with us at birth, throughout life, and continues after death–it’s a marker of our soul’s journey. We must learn to draw upon it. Too many of us walk around exhausted, irritable, or stressed out. Dr. Orloff offers a lifeline to all who feel depleted by the demands we put on ourselves and the pressures of daily life. “

  • David E. Roy, Ph.D.

    July 27th, 2007 at 8:50 AM

    Would suggest adding Pastoral Counseling or Pastoral Psychotherapy. The American Assn. of Pastoral Counselors certifies those with theological and clinical training. (

  • Michael Foster

    July 27th, 2007 at 11:11 AM

    solution focused therapy

  • Tom Porpiglia

    July 28th, 2007 at 4:34 AM

    Emotional Freedom Technique. Similar to and simpler than TFT. Also more popular and better known.

  • Tom Porpiglia

    July 28th, 2007 at 4:36 AM

    Tapas Acupressure Technique. It’s a form a energy psychology

  • Tom Porpiglia

    July 28th, 2007 at 4:37 AM

    Energy psychology for allergies of all types.

  • Therapist Brisbane

    July 29th, 2007 at 9:11 AM

    How about eclectic therapy?

  • Darren Holman

    July 31st, 2007 at 9:26 AM

    I utilize acupuncture, and Chinese herbal medicine to balance the body and promote harmony of mind, body, spirit, and in relationships.

  • Therapist Brookline

    August 10th, 2007 at 1:34 PM

    Eclectic therapy would cover mine, but I checked all that I do in your list–which is fairly comprehensive. The only approach I utilize extensively that was not listed was Dream Analysis/Dream therapy.

  • Julie Simons

    August 15th, 2007 at 5:50 AM

    Neurotransmitter Testing and Targeted Amino Acid Therapy

  • Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy

    August 16th, 2007 at 7:22 PM

    This is the current, updated and distilled work of Virginia Satir, the brilliant, humanistic founder of experiential, communications family therapy. The essence of her work and philosophy is that all people are equal in value and that when they are in touch with this value or esteem, they can grow, learn, and heal from past wounds. The role of the therapist in part is to help the client discover their worthiness and use their life force energy to heal.

  • Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy

    August 16th, 2007 at 7:24 PM

    I hope STST will be added to your list of therapies. It is one of the main models being used in the Pacific Rim countries. Sandy Novak

  • Georgeann Hudson

    August 17th, 2007 at 9:45 AM

    I would like to suggest Sound Therapy, Vibrational Therapy

  • Licia Freeman

    August 20th, 2007 at 4:06 PM

    I’dlike to suggest Developmental Couple Therapy, created by Ellyn Bader and Peter Pearson, who own The Couples Institute in Menlo Park, CA. Their website is, and they wrote two great books, In Quest of the Mythical Mate and Tell Me No Lies.

  • Brad Wasserman, LCSW-C

    August 20th, 2007 at 9:01 PM

    Sedona Method

  • Therapist Burbank

    August 25th, 2007 at 1:18 PM

    Competency-based Family Systems model

  • Therapist Burnaby

    August 25th, 2007 at 11:56 PM

    Hi Noah,

    How about adding Grief Therapy?

    Thanks for encouraging feedback…I think this is a great project.

  • Jasmine White

    August 26th, 2007 at 7:49 AM

    Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT) is a simple and effective way to clear the energetic causes of disatisfaction and disease. It enables anyone to solve physical, mental, emotional and spiritual problems. Unlike other therapies, TAT never requires you to relieve traumatic events. Instead you simply focus on certain statements while holding the TAT pose. This technique is gentle, yet the results can be profound. I have helped people end relationship conflicts, relax during public speaking, end food addictions, stop chronic pain, relieve depression and quell anxieties. I also teach TAT to groups and individuals.

    I have more information on my website or you can go to

  • Nancy White, Ph.D.

    August 30th, 2007 at 7:46 PM

    Please include Neurofeedback. It is the most effective therapy for many neurobehavioral disorders such as Reactive Attachment Disorder and the Autism Spectrum. It is also valuable therapy for depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, Tourettes, Traumatic Brain Injury, addiction, etc. More information can be found at the website of the international organization, International Society for Neurofeedback and Research:

  • Therapist Cardiff

    August 31st, 2007 at 6:14 AM

    Experiential Family and Group therapies (the use of activities and initiatives to allow families to experience strength, challenge, and change).

  • Chris Henden

    August 31st, 2007 at 9:11 AM

    I would like to see “Relational Psychotherapy” added to the list.

    I don’t have time now, but I will write more on what this is in due course.


    Hi Chris, could you please send us a link to more info on Relational Psychotherapy

  • Therapist Carlsbad

    September 3rd, 2007 at 6:36 PM

    I see that you have two wonderful models which address attachment issues: Theraplay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. I would suggest adding another attachment model which understands the depth of dynamics involved in the attachment disorders and empowers the parent as the agent of healing the child. This model is: Family Attachment Narrative Therapy, and their website is:

    Jan Mullen LCSW

  • Therapist Carmel

    September 6th, 2007 at 7:29 AM

    psychodynamic psychotherapy

    Hi Laura, Psychodynamic has been listed

  • Donald Gerard

    September 7th, 2007 at 5:08 AM

    Co-Active Coaching
    Integral Coaching
    NLP Coaching

    Admin: Hi Donald. NLP is included and Coaching is listed as a type of service. Could you please send as a link to more info on these types of coaching. Thanks, Noah

  • Therapist Carrboro

    September 7th, 2007 at 5:16 PM

    I would like to see “Rogerian Therapy” based on Carl Rogers work.
    Unconditional positive regard can be very healing.

    Admin: Hi Beth, please see “Person Centered / Rogerian” in the list of therapies.

  • Therapist Carrollton

    September 12th, 2007 at 2:09 PM

    Interanalytic Couples Therapy taught by Dr. Walter Brackelmanns at UCLA

    Admin: Hi Megan, Could you please send us a link to more info on Interanalytic Couples Therapy.

  • Johanna Courtleigh

    September 15th, 2007 at 8:34 AM


  • Therapist Caulfield

    September 15th, 2007 at 9:20 AM

    Quality of Life Therapy (Michael Frisch)

  • Heidi Behr

    September 17th, 2007 at 10:58 AM

    gottman method! there are more of us getting trained all the time in this method (i think irene sugggested this too in july…..)

  • Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy

    September 18th, 2007 at 6:55 PM

    This is the modern day version of the work of Virginia Satir, updated and very much alive, especially in Asia. Hundreds, maybe thousands of therapists practice STST in Asia.

  • Annette

    September 21st, 2007 at 4:49 PM

    Parent/Child Interaction Therapy is one of the few empirically studied modalities in Play Therapy. It is a Best Practice

  • Therapist Central Park

    September 25th, 2007 at 9:54 AM

    Hi again–PAIRS- practical application of intimate relationship skills and some kind of Buddhist modality- like Eastern tradition therapy. Thanks.

  • The Team

    September 26th, 2007 at 7:15 PM

    Dear Members,

    I’m writing to announce that is in the process of updating our list of psychotherapy models again. We want to share with you the update and also ask for your help.

    Below you’ll find four lists of therapy approaches:

    1) Those that have been added to our list.
    2) Those already listed.
    3) Those we need more information about before making a decision.
    4) Suggestions which we have not included.

    We would be grateful for any information or opinions you have about the approaches below which we need more info about. Whether you can provide a quick yea or nay, a link to a website with more info, or a dissertation on why we should add or exclude an approach, we’d love to hear it. Of course we will take the time to research these approaches on our own, but we know there are many talented and knowledgeable therapists listed with who can give us a running start. Please feel free to reply to this post (scroll down to the end of post to do so) and add any info you may have about any of the models. Here’s the list:

    Family Attachment Narrative Therapy
    Gottman Method
    Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
    Relational Psychotherapy
    Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy

    Already Included:
    Buddhist Psychotherapy – already included under Contemplative Approaches
    Creative Cognitive Restructuring – already included under Cognitive Behavioral
    Dream Analysis/Dream therapy – already included under Dream Work / Dream Analysis
    Eastern Tradition Therapy – already included under Contemplative Approaches
    Eclectic therapy – already included under Integration of Different Therapy Models (see the very bottom of the main list)
    Emotional Freedom Technique
    Energy Psychology
    Experiential Family – already included under Family Systems Therapy
    Non-Violent Communication
    Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
    Rogerian Therapy
    Solution focused therapy
    Zen-Psychotherapy – already included under contemplative approaches

    Need More Information:
    Competency-Based Family Systems model
    Developmental Couple Therapy
    Energy Psychiatry
    Interanalytic Couples Therapy
    PAIRS- practical application of intimate relationship skills
    Quality of Life Therapy
    Sedona Method
    Sound Therapy & Vibrational Therapy
    Spiritual Psychology

    Not Added:
    Acupuncture – Not a pure psychotherapy model, though used in conjunction
    Co-Active Coaching – Not a psychotherapy model
    Grief Therapy – This is a concern and a mode, not an individual model of therapy, as far as we know
    Group Therapy – This is a mode, not a model of therpay
    Integral Coaching – Not a psychotherapy model
    Neurotransmitter Testing and Targeted Amino Acid Therapy – This is an adjunct to psychotherapy.
    PTSD – this is not specific model, this is a concern addressed in therapy

  • Therapist Century City

    September 29th, 2007 at 12:19 PM

    Please include Redecision Therapy

  • David E. Roy, Ph.D.

    September 30th, 2007 at 2:31 PM

    There are a couple I would suggest. The first is simply Mindfulness-Based Approaches to Psychotherapy (more general than linking it just to Cognitive). The second is Pastoral Counseling, to reflect the perspective of members of the American Assn. of Pastoral Counselors ( Thank you.

    Admin: Hi David, Thanks for the comment. We’ll consider adding Pastoral Counseling to the list of modes, since it’s more of a mode, than a particular psychotherapy model. We do include Contemplative Psychotherapy, but I like the idea of adding Mindfulness-Based Approaches. I’ll run it by the team. Thanks, Noah

  • Therapist Chester Springs

    October 1st, 2007 at 7:10 AM

    Please add

    Earth-Centered Spiritual Approaches

    Thank you,

  • Therapist Chesterfield

    October 3rd, 2007 at 2:33 PM

    -Guided imagery and music
    -eccelectic therapy
    -crisis intervention
    -victims of abuse
    -perpetrators of abuse
    -grief therapy
    -fear of intimacy

    Admin: Hi Pat, Guided Imagery and Integration of other models/eclectic are both included on our list of therapy models. And all the other concerns addressed or areas for growth are likewise included on our list of concerns addressed.

  • anne teachworth

    October 4th, 2007 at 5:04 PM

    Psychogenetics is the study of transgenerational interactional patterns and describes the hidden mysteries of “chemistry” in mate selection. Psychogenetics also allows a person to accurately predict how a relationship with a potential partner will be BEFORE you get involved with that partner instead of having to wait until AFTER you are already married and parents. Pschogenetic counseling offers people a way of reprogramming their unconscious relationship imprints so they can get history to stop repeating the mistakes of their and their parents’ past.

    Anne Teachworth, Director, Gestalt Institute of New Orleans/New York

  • April Steele

    October 8th, 2007 at 6:14 PM

    Hi Noah,

    I would like to suggest that you add Developing a Secure Self (Imaginal Nurturing). I put I-N in parentheses because while this is only one of the three major components of the DSS approach, a lot of people think in terms of I-N rather than DSS. Information about it is available at my website:


  • Larry Meadows

    October 11th, 2007 at 4:17 AM

    Thanks for your good work. As a Pastoral Counselor, I suggest the following additional categories:

    Prayer Therapy
    Biblical Rational Emotive Therapy
    Theophostic (A specific form of prayer therapy as taught by Dr. Ed Smith)

  • Therapist Clearwater

    October 19th, 2007 at 10:00 AM

    I would suggest adding Silvan Tomkins’ Affect/Script theory ( It provides a non-pathologizing view of how emotions are programmed by our biology and life histories, and how we can most effectively reprogram them (create new scripts). The most accessible references are probably Donald Nathanson’s Shame and Pride, and Exploring Affect: The Selected Writings of Silvan S. Tomkins, edited by E. Virginia Demos.

  • Chris Reynolds

    October 20th, 2007 at 6:45 AM

    Hey Noah,

    Congratulations to your team on your obviously successful site. I suggest sex therapy as a subcategory. For more about what sex therapy is see the following link:

    Take care,

  • Dr. Michael Picucci

    October 29th, 2007 at 11:41 AM

    A definition of Focalizing may be found at taken from


  • Judi Spendelow

    November 6th, 2007 at 7:49 PM

    Hi, Noah ~ I’d like to re-suggest PSYCH-K, which I note was first suggested back in April, and about which your 9/26 list states that you need more information. I would refer you to the main website at, and also suggest that you get a copy of the DVD “The Biology of Perception/The Psychology of Change,” which does an excellent job of demonstrating one of the processes of PSYCH-K and explaining why it works. I have seen some remarkable quick transformation in some of my clients, and myself, regarding long-term trauma issues and other painful concerns.

    Also, I’d like to suggest “Relational Empowerment Therapy, ” which is what Terry Real of the Relational Life Institute/Real Relational Solutions is now calling his former “Relational Recovery Therapy (which you do have listed).” See for more information.

    Please let me know about the next update to the list, so that I can make appropriate changes for my listings. Thanks, Judi Spendelow

  • Therapist Colonie

    November 8th, 2007 at 7:21 AM

    Lifespan Integration

  • Arlan Cage, ND, LAc

    November 15th, 2007 at 5:43 AM

    I would like to suggest Homeopathy, Orthomolecular Medicine (refer to the work of Abraham Hoffer, among others) and Esoteric Acupuncture (work of Mikio Sankey).

  • Deborah Cole, Psy.D.

    November 15th, 2007 at 6:52 AM


    I suggest you add Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and also Behavior Therapy. They are both recommended by other sites for OCD and BX Tx is recommended for hair pulling and body-focused disorders.

  • Dr. Noah H. Kersey, Ph.D.

    December 5th, 2007 at 9:13 AM

    Please consider adding “Sex Therapy” to your list of therapy modalities offered. Thanks.

  • Linda Arbiter, LMFT

    December 12th, 2007 at 10:02 PM

    Noah- Thanks for your help. Your website is coming along beautifully! My work focuses on the treatment of addictions. So often I have heard members of 12 step programs complain that pscyhotherapy does not support the Principles of the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. I have found a way to incorporate the 12 Steps of Alocoholics Anonymous (and all the other 12 step programs) with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I call this combination “12 Step Therapy”. LINDA

  • Michael Etts

    December 13th, 2007 at 8:23 AM

    hypnotherapy (using hypnosis for age regression and to give a “corrective experience” to the client while under hypnosis)

  • Angela DeVita

    January 10th, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Please include Neuro-Emotional Technique. This is a mind-body therapy somewhat similar to Somatic Experiencing, as well as shares some similarities to regression hypnosis. It helps people to become congruent with something they want to be congruent with, but have been self-sabotaging. Also, it helps neutralize the emotional component of a physical symptom. Check out the website for more information.

  • Marney Schorr

    January 11th, 2008 at 9:38 AM

    intersubjective therapy

  • Jennifer Bullock

    January 15th, 2008 at 7:21 AM

    Social Therapy

  • Linda Lavin

    January 15th, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    My primary treatment modality is missing from your impressive list. Please include Neuro Emotional Technique and Neuro Emotional Antisabotage Technique on your list. Go to the N.E.T. page on my website, or to I am certified in it. Thank you

    I see that others have recommended it, as well.

  • lissa Hunsicker

    January 25th, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Child-Parent Psychotherapy. Developed by Patricia Van Horn, PhD and Alicia Lieberman, PhD.

  • Paul Smith

    January 26th, 2008 at 7:34 AM

    Guided Self-Healing is a wonderful Mind/Body/Spirit approach that takes the best of a number of modalities, making them all available in the healing process.

  • Susan

    January 31st, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    I agree with Marina Nelson. Energy Psychiatry is a field in which Dr. Judith Orloff is a pioneer.

  • Jennifer Olden

    February 21st, 2008 at 6:58 AM

    I want to suggest the Ellen Bader and Peter Pearson model developmental couples therapy.

  • Tom Caplan

    April 12th, 2008 at 4:26 AM

    Needs ABC Model (Needs Acquisition and Behaviour Change)

    The Needs-ABC Model is distinguished by its emphasis on the relational needs behind maladaptive behaviours, rather than the behaviours themselves, and by its flexibility in terms of application to clients in a range of personal and therapeutic settings.

  • Kathleen E. Sargeant, LCSW

    April 21st, 2008 at 8:02 AM

    According to Dr. R. Corsini’s 2005 book “Current Psychotherapies”, there are an estimated 400 types of psychotherapies practiced in the Western World! That said, I can see that the list of recommendations can only grow to an overwhelming number. I’d like to recommend that you create subgroupings (e.g., dynamic therapies, learning therapies, integrative therapies, etc.) to better manage the flow of psychotherapy listings.

    Thank you for creating this valuable resource for therapists!

    Warm Regards.

  • Michael Schneider

    April 27th, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    I recommend that you consider adding NeuroEmotional Technique or NET to your list of types of therapy provided. While NET can generally be included under the heading of energy psychology, it is truly a unique approach.

  • Hedy Schleifer

    May 1st, 2008 at 5:29 AM

    Hi Noa
    Please consider “Tikkun Relational Therapy” to your list.

  • Christine Winsberg

    May 29th, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    ATTACHMENT THERAPY is an important model to use with a distinct population of children and adolescents.

  • Tom Caplan, MSW

    May 29th, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    I have created an integrative model which has been gaining wide acceptance internationally. You can check it out at my website – It is all of those things and more. I know that this sounds like a commercial but people who have begun to use it are amazed at the results. Please feel free to contact me at any time.
    Good luck,

  • Linda K. Lavin, M.S.,N.C.C.,D.C.C., L.M.H.C.

    May 30th, 2008 at 3:45 AM

    I second the motion to include Neuro Emotional Technique in your very extensive list of non-pathology based modalities. Although I also use Thought Field Therapy, EMDR, and Emotional Freedom Technique (as a take-home skill), they pale compared with the elegance of N.E.T. (and N.E.A.T., Neuro Emotional Antisabotage Technique, which is a specialized version of N.E.T. that starts with an emotion).
    Quoting the official N.E.T. website: “Emotions are part of the natural, healthy response process we have to virtually every situation we encounter. However, sometimes challenging emotional experiences and physical vulnerabilities create lingering stress in our mind-body architecture. Such stress can contribute to physical complaints, emotional difficulties, and problems with goal achievement. The Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) is a powerful intervention that can assess and alleviate the internal stressors that are creating barriers to health and success.” (
    To learn more specifics, please visit the N.E.T. page on my website, or go directly to
    Thank you!

  • Debra Gordy

    June 17th, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    I suggest adding the below to your list of techniques:

    Rapid Eye Technology (RET)

  • Judith Barr

    July 16th, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    Soul-centered psychotherapy

  • Tom Caplan

    July 17th, 2008 at 2:14 AM – very popular in Europe now and with Canadian Coulsellors.

  • Debra Gordy

    July 17th, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    In my experience, the general school of Energy Psychology (EP) is the fastest growing, and most exciting development in the field of psychotherapy to come along in the twenty+ years that I have been in practice.

    Rapid Eye Technology (RET) is a closely related methodology. Both EP and RET are collaborative, non-pathologizing, strength-based, and empowering for clients and therapists. I feel professionally rejuvenated and more excited than ever about my profession and business since I expanded into RET and EP about ten years ago.


  • James W. Clifton, Ph.D.

    July 27th, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    A system of therapy focusing on changing behaviors, the common language, and developing a personal, constructive value system.

  • Philip A. Rutter

    July 29th, 2008 at 6:23 AM

    You have so many great theories listed, but I’d like to add Beck’s Cognitive Therapy, as I find that to be non-pathologizing and empowering to clients I’ve worked with on an individual basis. Separately, while I see family systems listed, I am trained as a structural family therapist and would love to add this powerful tool in helping families cope better with the tools they already possess (just not incorporating in the most effective way). Thanks for the option to offer these suggestions! Have a great day!
    Phil R.

  • Lynn Martin

    August 8th, 2008 at 8:07 AM

    Life review. Appropriate for work with older adults and those who deal with them. Story telling is one of the most productive ways of helping people in this age demographic to deal with issues.

  • Craig Sloane

    August 14th, 2008 at 7:34 AM

    In addition to my general psychotherapy practice, I practice Harm Reduction Psychotherapy, Substance Abuse Counseling and Addiction Recovery Psychotherapy. I believe these should be added to the list.

  • Katie Gurwell

    August 14th, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Hi, Noah,
    How about Choice Theory?
    Nice to see your website is doing so well and is such a great resource for the community!

  • Joan E. Pedersen

    August 27th, 2008 at 6:56 AM

    Spiritually-sensitive psychotherapy

  • Lynn Martin MA, LMHC, LRC

    August 28th, 2008 at 6:56 AM

    Hi Noah, I’ve sent this to you by email but I wanted to post the same here to see if there is any feedback.

    The list is filling out but getting long. A client perusing the types of therapy may find it daunting. How about using broader categories to group therapies that are similar. I think a search feature could be just effective and a list because groupings/categories would not pose a barrier.

    Thanks for reading,

  • Thought field therapy

    August 29th, 2008 at 10:57 PM

    The above posted information is quite interesting and providing excellent information on various therapys. Really it is quite interesting.

  • Karen Richards

    September 19th, 2008 at 7:01 AM

    Hi Noah,

    Great site!

    I’d like to suggest “Experiential Therapy” and “Wilderness Therapy” or “Adventure Therapy.” From the story of how this website got started, it seems you already know a bit about Wilderness Therapy. :)


  • Judith Coche, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.

    September 22nd, 2008 at 5:04 PM


    I will be training this model in Houston Spring 2009. There is a book and training tape, and the work was cover story, New York Times Magazine, August 2007. This model is effective, powerful and fascinating.

    Dr Judith Coche

  • Nurit Nardi

    September 23rd, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    CranioSacral is a very powerful hands-on therapy, especially the Bio-Dynamic approach.

    Imagery work, as well.

  • James W. Clifton, Ph.D.

    October 1st, 2008 at 6:00 PM

    I see that in my post of July 27th, 2008, I failed to mention that the modality I created is called Redirection Therapy which can be read about a

  • Alicia Stalker

    October 6th, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    I suggest you add Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD to your list. Here is a link:

  • Carol Corcoran

    October 15th, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    I recommend a separate posting for “EMDR for children” as EMDR for adults is vastly different.

  • Laura Imperial

    October 20th, 2008 at 6:13 AM

    please include “experiential” in your list of therapies.

  • Jessamyn Mix, MA

    October 29th, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Contemplative Psychotherapy:

  • Andrew Rose

    November 17th, 2008 at 3:52 PM

    Brainspotting is becoming increasingly known as an effective trauma resolution therapy. Dr. David Grand has a website explaining the situation, and he just completed a fourth training in Boulder where there are a number of “brainspotters”

    check out:


  • Brent Atkinson

    December 1st, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for Couples, as described and illustrated in the following books and articles:

    Brent Atkinson, Lisa Atkinson, Paula Kutz, Jeff Lata, Kari Wittmann Lata, Julie Szekely, & Paul Weiss. (2005). Rewiring Neural States in Couples Therapy: Advances from Affective Neuroscience. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 24 (3), 3-13.

    Brent Atkinson. (2005). Emotional intelligence in couples therapy: Advances from Neurobiology and the science of intimate relationships. New York: W. W. Norton, Publisher.

    Brent Atkinson. (2006). Developing habits for relationship success: A Workbook for Effective, Neurobiologically-Based Couples Therapy. New York: W. W. Norton, Publisher.

    Brent Atkinson. (2005). The Love Breakthrough. “O,” The Oprah Magazine, January 2005, pp. 128-131, 163-164.

    Brent Atkinson. (2004). Altered states: Why insight itself isn’t enough for lasting change. September/October issue, Psychotherapy Networker.

    Brent Atkinson. (2002). Brain to brain: New ways to help couples avoid relapse. September/October issue, Psychotherapy Networker.

    Brent Atkinson. (1999). The emotional imperative: Psychotherapists cannot afford to ignore the primacy of the limbic brain. Family Therapy Networker, Cover story for the July/August issue.

    Brent Atkinson. (1998). Pragmatic/experiential therapy for couples. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 17, 18-35.

  • cheryl

    December 8th, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    this is so old and so much more profound than any I have come across …
    REBT Rational Emotive Behavioral Therpy introduced by Albert Ellis

  • Len Ochs, PhD

    December 9th, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    The LENS , or Low Energy Neurofeedback System, uses a very low power electromagnetic field, like the ones that surround digital watches and wires in the wall, to carry feedback to the person receiving it. The feedback travels down the same wires carrying the brain waves to the amplifier and computer. Although the feedback signal is weak, it produces a measurable change in the brainwaves without conscious effort from the individual receiving the feedback. The LENS software allows the EEG signals that are recorded at the scalp to control the feedback.

    Neurofeedback uses a feedback frequency that is different from, but correlates with, the dominant brainwave frequency. When exposed to this feedback frequency, the EEG amplitude distribution changes in power. Most of the time the brain waves reduce in power; but at times they also increase in power. In either case the result is a changed brainwave state, and much greater ability for the brain to regulate itself.

  • Mariah

    December 10th, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    I would like to see information on the eight lens family system

  • Mariah

    December 10th, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    I would like to read up on the eight lenses of family therapy.

  • Ofer Zur, Ph.D.

    December 13th, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    I would like to suggest a more flexible approach to therapy and therapeutic boundaries. An approach that is based on clinical competence and caring for our clients, rather than on fear and worry. Therapeutic boundaries include the issues of gifts, touch, bartering, self disclosure, and dual relationships. Ofer Zur, Ph.D.

  • Robin

    January 2nd, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    expressive arts therapy

  • Virginia Boney, Ph.D., LMFT

    January 18th, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    I would like to see you include Certified Gottman Couples Therapists or Gottman Couples Therapy in your list please, particularly b/c of how well respected Dr. Gottman is in the field of relationships and marriage.

  • The Team

    January 19th, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Hi Virginia, Gottman is included in the list.

  • Anne Mangold

    January 22nd, 2009 at 3:26 AM

    Theophostic THerapy should be added. It is a beautiful practice. It is founded by Dr. Ed Smith

  • Tony Miller

    February 3rd, 2009 at 5:22 PM

    Please include soul retrieval, past life regression, spirit releasement, vibrational and shamanic healing, and sound therapy.

  • Wayne Ayers

    February 7th, 2009 at 6:51 AM

    I admire the very democratic ideals of this website. But….when you list all the different therapeutic interventions next to each other, you imply that they are all equivalent. In fact they are not. Some are much more universally accepted and empirically validated than others.
    For example, poetry therapy, which I love and will utilize in my practice, is not a complete fully formed (or validated) therapeutic intervention. It is really an adjunct technique. It really does not have the same empirical or ontological(?) status as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy…but you list them next to each other as if they were legitimate and equivalent alternatives for the consumer. They are not. This is not an easily solved problem, but you are dealing with a public that is often naive to psychotherapy and its interventions. I think you have an ethical consideration in your listing of the interventions to show which are more accepted than others….I do not see past life regression therapy listed but I could certainly find websites and intelligent discussion of its uses on the internet. Would you list past life regression on your site? How about astral plan travel therapy? It becomes very complicated very quickly.

  • The Team

    February 7th, 2009 at 9:30 AM

    Hi Wayne,

    Thanks for your excellent and perceptive comment and for your appreciation of the GT ideals. You are totally correct about the list of models. As it is explicitly stated in the introductory paragraph:

    “The following is a list of specific psychotherapy approaches and therapy types. Some of these therapy types have been around for many years, others are relatively new. Some have been grounded in research, others in theory, and some rely on anecdotal evidence. Some are popularly accepted, others are cutting edge, and some controversial. is not in a position to endorse or disapprove any therapy types.”

    We also agree with you that it would be helpful to include the Therapy Types on a table which will display to users on quick-glance 1) whether or not each item is a comprehensive model, an adjunct technique, or falls somewhere between. 2) the general year or decade of origin 3) and whether or not the approach is evidence based.

    Please let us know is there is anything else you suggest including in this proposed table?

    Thanks for your excellent suggestions!

    The Team

  • Tony Miller

    February 9th, 2009 at 7:17 AM

    I appreciate Wayne’s comments and note his concern with what appears to me to be protecting naive consumers from harm. I consider myself to be ethical and there are implications apparent to me regarding Wayne’s comments and I would like to make some observations and raise some questions.

    In my judgment, the assigning of criteria could be seen as an interpretive action that may not be consistent with this sites’ intention for networking and information. Are you going to obtain approval from a governing body to allow for a posting of a technique or the satisfying of some kind of screening criteria? (APA, NBCC, NASW, etc..).

    If so, then has the proper permission been obtained to make such posting and interpretations? Is it this site’s intention to put itself in such a position? Is this an activity that the administrators of this site wish to take on?

    I support this site’s existence and wish to see more sites like this available to consumers. I believe the following to be highly appropriate and enough to inform consumers of inherent risk.

    “The following is a list of specific psychotherapy approaches and therapy types. Some of these therapy types have been around for many years, others are relatively new. Some have been grounded in research, others in theory, and some rely on anecdotal evidence. Some are popularly accepted, others are cutting edge, and some controversial. is not in a position to endorse or disapprove any therapy types.”

    I judge that such or similar language to be enough to warn consumers of inherent risk. I judge there to be no need to construct an elaborate table that may be construed as beyond informative, possibly suggestive, biased, and or even interpretive. I also suggest that constructing a table noting criteria such as evidenced based, etc., could be suggestive of endorsement and also may be in conflict with your intentions.

  • Glenn Soberman

    February 23rd, 2009 at 5:56 AM

    Please include advanced integrative therapy (AIT), whichintegrates jungian, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, transpersonal and energy psychology.

  • Dorcas Nung

    February 25th, 2009 at 10:36 PM

    I work primarily with young children and their families. The models I would like to suggest are: Dr. Stanley Greenspan’s DIR Floortime and Lieberman and Van Horn’s Child-Parent Psychotherapy

    Thank you!

  • melissa

    March 1st, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    my suggestion would be Porn addiction. I know someone that is addicted to porn and it is extremely difficult to find someone to help him. Do we have any therapist around the Cleveland, ohio area….or suburbs?
    please let me know
    thank you

  • Barry Ginsberg

    March 9th, 2009 at 5:50 PM

    My background is clinical and developmental. Since I work with children, adolescents, adults, couples families and relationships, I understand the nature of their experience and concerns from a developmental, relational life-span process orientation. This tends to be non-diagnostic and nonjudgmental. I presently describe my self as an applied developmental psychologist with a relational and life-span perspective.
    So I suggest applied-developmental or applied-developmental relationship therapist or both as possibilities
    I am also child-centered, person-centered, relationship centered, family-centered, inter generational=centered, couple-centered.
    parent-child centered and community-centered. I hope that I haven’t left anything out. Each of these “labels” are an attempt to take a nonjudgmental and accepting stance as a therapist.
    I hope that my comments are helpful

  • Barry Ginsberg

    March 9th, 2009 at 6:12 PM

    I just thought that I’d mention that Les Greenberg states:” ____on the basis of the developments in emotion theory that treatments such as the process experiential approach, as well as some other approaches that emphasized emotion as the target of change, were sufficiently similar to each other and different from existing approaches to merit being grouped under the general title of emotion-focused approaches.”

    Greenberg, L. S. (2008) Emotion-Focused Therapy: The Dynamics of Emotion, Love and Power: Washington, D.C. The American Psychological Association, p. X

    I definitely am an “emotion-focused” therapist not just an “emotion-focused” couples therapist.

  • Suzie Wolfer LCSW

    March 22nd, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    SoulCollage. See International HQ website at

  • Cedar Barstow

    March 25th, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Please consider adding Brainspotting to the list.

  • Belinda

    March 26th, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    We need help with RAD thearpy

  • Tracy Deagan LPC-S, LCSW-S

    April 1st, 2009 at 7:06 PM

    Please add “Ego Analytical” therapy – especially useful for couples / dyad work

  • Nancy Garcia-Ruffin, PhD

    April 13th, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Please include Sex Therapy on your list. I recommend you look at the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists ( for a description of sex therapy and their credentialing criteria. I appreciate your holistic approach to treatment. Let’s not forget the importance of sexual health.

    Hi Nancy, we include “Sex / Sexuality Issues” as “concerns addressed” in therapy. Is there a particular model of sex therapy you’d like us to include? Please let us know.

  • Bridget

    April 26th, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    I suggest Rolfing for your list

  • wendy

    June 2nd, 2009 at 8:55 AM

    I used to call this regression therapy but this name is ruined by the current goings on under this name. The person is allowed to regress to a very young age and is nurtured intently. And/or the person receives the nurturing usually reserved for only the very young. There is hugging, cuddling and may even be tickling as it is very intense. The person is pampered somewhat, the therapist is intently in tune with the persons emotional state and needs and responds immediately.

  • Roberta (Bobbie) Barry, LCSW

    June 2nd, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    I would like to second the recommendation of SIlvan Tomkins’ Affect/Script theory. This approach normalizes our biologically programmed emotions, thus reducing shame. It is both non-pathologizing and empowering.

  • Gwen Wellington

    June 3rd, 2009 at 6:17 AM

    I suggest you add Traumatic Incident Reduction to your list of therapeutic modalities. The pertinent website is

  • Alexandra Stone

    June 6th, 2009 at 6:31 AM

    Could you please change “Psychodynamic” to “Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.” also, please add “Crisis Intervention.”

    thank you.

  • Alexandra Stone

    June 6th, 2009 at 6:59 AM

    Neuropsychological Assessment
    Psychoeducational Assessment
    Psychological Assessment

    These areas are not on your list of services provided or areas of specialization. I am hoping that you will add these as many clinicians offer assessment as well as psychotherapy. Thank you kindly.

  • Ken Donaldson

    June 8th, 2009 at 7:34 AM

    Rapid Resolution Therapy™

  • Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy

    June 8th, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    This might fall under depth hypnosis, but perhaps you would want to consider it as a separate item.

  • Pam Lipe

    June 11th, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Hey Noah, Brent Atkinson’s couples therapy should be listed. Pragmatic Experiential Therapy for Couples (PET-C). His web site is: He gave a great on-line, conference call seminar earlier this year. He was very helpful and has great ideas.

  • Marcia

    June 15th, 2009 at 8:11 PM

    I would like to suggest adding Terry Real’s -Relationship Repair work for couples. He has a definitive family systems background but uses a lot of cognitive behavioral tools as well. His work also incorporates the work of Pia Mellody(The Intimacy Factor, Facing Love and Addiction, etc.) and he is also integrating some mindfulness work.

  • Ariel

    June 30th, 2009 at 7:10 PM

    Hi, I’m currently taking a seminar in social therapy, and think it is valid and absolutely should be included on the list. It really helps people.

  • Lu Nelson

    August 28th, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Duel Brain Psychology (Therapy) suggests that each half of our brain has a mind of its own. One hemisphere remembers events in one way and the other remembers things in another. So, when we get stuck in indecision (anxiety, depression)our ‘minds’ are in opposition. Therapy has to do with finding out what conflicting messages drive our thoughts and behaviors, when, why and how they might have gotten started and how to get them “heard” and on the same team.

  • KRB

    September 1st, 2009 at 6:15 PM

    Looking for a therapist that helps with children who hve been sexually assualted..

  • Lissa Hunsicker

    September 2nd, 2009 at 6:12 AM

    I have training and experience in helping children who have been sexually assaulted. I’m in the NYC wall street area. I can be reached through email @

  • Lauren Jones

    September 4th, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    Hi Noah:

    Am thinking “Brief Therapy” (Jay Haley) and “Stuctural Family Therapy” as practiced by Salvador Minuchin

    Thanks, very educational site!


    Hi Lauren, Thank you for your good suggestions. Both are included under the heading of Family Systems Therapy here: Though I think it would make sense for each ot have thier won catgeory as well. We’ll at that to our list of changes. Thanks again!

  • Gail Reuther

    October 8th, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    I would suggest sexual offenders counseling.

  • Robbie Wright

    December 13th, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Guided Meditation

  • Kathy Murray

    January 21st, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    What happened to client-centered therapy? It is still what works with many multocultural issues.

  • admin

    January 21st, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Hi Kathy, it’s in the list as “Person Centered / Rogerian” and it links here:

  • Beth Ratchford

    July 5th, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Post Induction Therapy (PIT) – a model developed by Pia Mellody

    I’ve been using it for the last 1.5 years and it’s been really helpful in my work. It’s really good stuff.

  • Reference Point Therapy

    September 20th, 2010 at 7:04 AM

    Based on Dr. Susan Smiths Website:

    Emotional Healing

    The shortest and simplest answer is that RPT is one of the easiest way to clear deep emotional pain, trauma and patterns. This means that first of all, we can powerfully change just about any emotional block using this work. You may already have seen lots of other techniques for clearing emotional blocks, so the simplest thing I can say is that we go deeper, much deeper. This technique works – often instantly – because we truly get to the deepest layer of our stuff. To use a simple but powerful visual metaphor – most techniques “peel away layers of the onion”, we jump straight in and slice the onion up!

    Clearing emotional pain and suffering, including symptoms of depression, low self worth, phobias, and other emotional blocks, is simple and effective with this work.

  • Paul J. Hannig, Ph.D., MFT

    September 21st, 2010 at 7:12 AM

    Deep Feeling Therapy:

    So What Is The Job Of Deep Feeling Therapy?

    By taking the hurt, injured party from their head into their feelings, deep feeling therapy heals a real mental illness. What do I mean by mental illness? The losing of the self, the repression and blocking off of the feeling/healing brain. By unblocking the neurotransmitters that shut off feeling, we release those overworked chemicals and allow for a new more integrated chemistry to take over. Divorce and separation is traumatic and the meaning/message of that feeling is conveyed to a place in the limbic system which includes the amygdala and the thalamus. The hippocampus, an important structure of the limbic system, is considered the gateway to memory and the unconscious. When a person is traumatized by abandonment, abuse, rejection, etc., memory will remain somewhat cortically intact, but the feelings will become disembodied. The amygdala stores pain, aids gating functions, and is also loaded with pain killing endorphins. When painful emotions move from the limbic system to the cortex, morphine type opiates block their route. When these emotions partially infiltrate the cortex, the person becomes aware of pain. These painful emotions move towards consciousness into the cortex for resolution, while the neurotransmission gates simultaneously try to block it, thus causing suffering. By deep feeling methods we change the brain’s chemistry, allowing for the release and resolution of pain. Repressed realms can then be felt and the look and feel of pain is relieved.

  • Peter Neefus

    October 13th, 2010 at 6:22 AM

    I didn’t see theophostics on your list so thought I’d suggest it since my family has had a positive experience with it. In my layman’s imperfect understanding, it contains these elements: Go back to revisit a past hurt and try to get back to an approximation of the emotion involved. Then invite God/Jesus into the situation to see what He says about it and replace the bad feelings with good ones.

  • Linda Popp LPCC

    October 28th, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    I would like to suggest for your consideration a form of psychotherapy, Medical Hypnosis. It is a short-term, directed, goal oriented style of hypnoanalysis first formulated by William Bryan, MD in 1956. The transition from conscious to subconscious allows access to information and resources not readily available in ordinary waking consciousness.

  • Dr. Baby

    November 13th, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Surprised no one has mention Applied Behavioral Analysis, the main therapy for Autistic disorder.

  • Laurie

    November 29th, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    I suggest adding success love now.

  • Michelle Boone

    January 11th, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    I would like to suggest Cinematherapy.

  • Heather Schwartz

    January 31st, 2011 at 10:54 PM

    I’d like to request that you add Relational-Cultural Theory. Relational-Cultural Theory, once called Self-in-Relation Theory, is one of ten theories recognized by the American Psychological Association. It evolved out of the personal conversations and practices at the Stone Center at Wellesley College with psychiatrist, Jean Baker Miller, M.D., and psychologists: Judith V. Jordan, Ph.D., Irene Stiver, Ph.D., and Janet Surrey, Ph.D. Relational-Cultural Theory is an evolution of feminist and multicultural theories, and suggests that people grow through relationship, and that ongoing disconnection is one of the main causes of suffering. The Central Relational Paradox suggests that we leave out aspects of ourselves in relationship in order to be more accepted and loved, and paradoxically end up feeling less authentic and connected due to these omissions. A healthy relationship, (such as a therapy relationship) according to RCT, is “growth-fostering” and produces 5 Good Things: It increases zest, self-direction, increased knowledge of oneself, increased sense of self-worth, and an increased desire to engage in more “growth-fostering” relationships. The therapy consists of a focus on authenticity, empowerment, collaboration, contextual understanding (based on race, ethnicity, class, sex, sexuality, ability, age, etc). Relational-Cultural Theory was founded with women in mind, but relates to all genders. It evolved in reaction to more blank-slate theories (psychoanalytic and psychodynamic), and is, in no way, psychodynamic.
    I trained at the Stone Center and practice Relational-Cultural Theory; not only does it fit well with GoodTherapy’s perspectives, it’s also empowering, exciting, and transformational!

  • Ann Aguirregaviria

    February 3rd, 2011 at 10:01 PM

    I noticed that you listed Cognitive Behavior Therapy but not ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis).

    I am a BCaBA (Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst)-recently certified November 2010.
    I work primarily with children ages 18 months to 16 years old. Some of my clients have been diagnosed with Autism. Others are typically developing but with severe behavioral issues.

    I have witnessed the benefits of ABA first hand. Attached is a link to the BACB (Behavior Analyst Certification Board). bacb. com
    They can provide your readers with general information and a list of board certified therapists by country, US zip, or by a therapist’s name.

  • Susan Calderon

    March 8th, 2011 at 12:16 AM

    I was looking for information in online therapy and its code of ethics. There are many types of therapies but the use of online therapy is growing in the last decade.
    I still believe in therapy face to face because we can built the trust between clients and therapies but for other clients the facility of interaction through a chat made them more confident to speak about their problems.
    This organization gives the opportunity to find a Psychologist in your area, why not to create for visitors how to access to reliable online therapy websites.



  • Robert Salinger

    May 4th, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Many people use the term integrative when referring to their approach. I have been fortunate to study with Richard Erskine Phd for ten years during which he continued to refine and develop his method and model of Integrative Therapy. I use Richard’s description of Integrative Therapy on my website or go to his website

  • Chelsea Brooke

    June 14th, 2011 at 8:26 AM

    I suggest you add pet assisted therapy to your list. Helpful to all people is said to be relaxing and truly an experience worth having. Research has been done with children, elders, and people with disabilities and the results have been amazing. The website is a nonprofit organization that trains and distributes teams of pets with their owners to do individualized pet assisted therapy. This is worth having on your website as it has become increasingly more popular and is a therapy for all who seek assistance.

  • Mary E. Cotton

    June 15th, 2011 at 3:45 AM

    I was surprised that Horticultural Therapy is not included on the list. I am not a therapist but if I were, I would definitely choose this field. I had the privilege of working with a program for at-risk youth for about 3 years at the Botanical Gardens – a large part of the program involved HT. It was beautiful to see the transformation that took place in many of these kids!

  • Michele Gustafson, LMSW, DCSW

    August 19th, 2011 at 6:19 AM

    I’d like to suggest including Rapid Resolution Therapy
    and Clinical Hypnosis with Rapid Trauma Resolution developed by Jon Connelly,PhD. This has been the most effective, precise, mindful and light-hearted therapy I have used in nearly 30 years of practice. Here are 2 links: and Thanks for taking a look.

  • John Palmer

    November 7th, 2011 at 7:34 AM

    I’d like to suggest Direct Relation Therapy, developed by Codrin Tapu, PhD. This increases coherence between different parts of ourselves and improves communication with others, addressing a wide range of problems.

  • Wes Tattinger, MA, RMHC

    December 17th, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    I would like to suggest Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapy, as developed by Dr. Nathalie Rogers (the daughter of Carl Rogers). This approach, which Dr. Rogers calls the Creative Connection, integrates Rogerian concepts of therapy with a course of treatment that includes a full spectrum of creative expression: movement, drawing, painting, sculpting, music, writing, sound, and improvisation, to express inner feelings through outer forms. This approach in non-pathologizing and even reframes ideas about using the Jungian concept of the Shadow in a positive way.

  • Martha

    January 17th, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    I would like to get more information on Evaluating Behavior Therapy.

  • Laura

    March 1st, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Please include Family-Centered Regulatory Therapy.

  • Christopher

    March 2nd, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    I am not certain why it has not been addressed as it has come up a number of times in the above thread, but those who intentionally integrate in Spirituality, specifically Pastoral Counseling.

  • Gracie Landes

    March 14th, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Please consider including Sex Therapy, which is a recognized, credentialed discipline, practiced by licensed professionals trained to work with sexual issues, who have been approved (after rigorous training and supervision) by a credentialing organization, and agreed to its code of ethics.

    NOTE FROM ADMIN: Thanks for taking the time to comment. Sex Therapy and Sexuality is covered here:

  • Dr. Heather Schwartz

    May 22nd, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Relational-Cultural Theory (which used to be called Self-in-Relation Therapy), is 1 in 10 therapies recognized by the APA. This is an important theory which was created in reaction to the pathologizing views in psychodynamic theory, and evolved out of the multicultural and feminist movements. I trained with one of the founders (Dr. Judith V. Jordan), and this theory is very much in kind with GoodTherapy’s focus on making the world a better place and empowerment of others through a non-pathologizing lens

  • Jennifer Bullock

    May 23rd, 2012 at 5:30 AM

    I practice a group therapy approach called Social Therapy, which is a non-diagnostic, relational and creative method of helping people grow together.

  • Cassie

    June 15th, 2012 at 6:17 AM

    Light Therapy… 10,000 lux light therapy can be used to ease symptoms of many mood conditions including SAD, Depression, Bi-Polar, Anxiety, Sleep disorders, PTSD and more

  • martin williams

    August 1st, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Hi I would like to recommend Sentics developed by Manfred Clynes

  • Michelle Walsh

    December 28th, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Relational-Cultural Therapy as an approach designed by researchers and therapists associated with the Stone Center at Wellesley College should be added to your list. Here are several links:

  • Julie Zweig

    January 9th, 2013 at 9:13 AM


    Rosen Method Bodywork (RMB) has been featured on/in Public Radio, television, national Magazines and Newspapers, has training centers all over the world, and is a powerful technique for healing. We now have a Professional Research Journal as well. As a Counselor, I own two private practices: one verbal (no touch, of course!), and the other in Rosen Method Bodywork:

    Thank You, Julie Zweig in New Paltz, NY

  • Jennifer Bullock

    February 10th, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Request to add Social Therapy: a powerful collaborative, non-pathologizing creative group therapy approach.
    For more go to my site or national training center

  • Julie Zweig

    February 11th, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Request to add Rosen Method Bodywork ( I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with two separate practices, one verbal, and Rosen Method Bodywork for which I have a different license that allows me to touch people. I never touch my verbal clients. Rosen Method is a powerful modality that uses safe, contactful, present touch to access chronic tension in the body that holds feelings, memories, parts of ourselves that we have held in our bodies, that were unacceptable to express earlier in life. It is client-centered and sessions are guided by the client’s inner wisdom. Results include access to a greater range of emotion, more freedom of movement, more ease in one’s body and in the world, greater mental health, better relationships, finding your true purpose in work/life/activities, and a return to the genuine self we were born with. We now have an evidence-based research journal, referenced above. For more information, please see my website, and others referenced above. Thank you, Julie Zweig, MA, LMHC

  • Summer

    February 19th, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Request to add Self Regulation Therapy, I don’t see it listed.

  • Jeffrey Kaplan

    July 10th, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Competitive Therapy. Check out my website for background on its description and development as a model.

  • Jason

    July 21st, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    I would suggest Multi-Systemic Therapy, which is an empirically validated therapy for a number of issues facing troubled teens.
    This is a link to some information regarding the therapy:

  • Jivan Mohanty

    July 27th, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    I suggest adding Community Social Psychology: – Definition in the footnotes.

  • Rachel Glass

    August 10th, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    I’m very surprised by the number of therapies suggested for this list (some included) that have not been studied or proven effective. Holistic practices, healing touch, anything religious based etc. should not be listed among the the tried and true methods. I think this list could be extremely useful for professionals in the field if it were to separate the methods that work and are safe from the ones that are just made up or based on personal life experience or beliefs. I think it’s a mistake to take suggestions from people who call themselves therapists but have not had graduate level training from accredited institutions.

    I also think that there are some trained therapists who have made up their own methods using their own terminology but their concepts are derived from the one or more of the tried and true methods. While this may be creative, it is misleading to call their methods (or creations) modalities. Their concepts are not revolutionary–they have just been renamed or blended together ideas that have been around for decades. It should be hard to make the list and to me, it looks like many of the people who have responded think it should be easy.

    Would be happy to discuss further. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in trauma treatment in MO.

  • Mimmis Kainen

    January 13th, 2014 at 3:20 AM

    Cognitive-Analytic therapy is especially good for dissociative, personality disordered or otherwise in need of dialogical self- perspectived patients!

    It’s a mixture of attachment theory and congnitive theories and bpd patients was the first group of patients this was validated method for above many before offered methods.

    This was not on your list.

  • Bernadette

    February 2nd, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Cancer Therapy. I know of people who had and has cancer. I think it would be an excellent idea to support people who had or have cancer.

  • The Team

    February 24th, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Hi Everyone,

    Thank you all very much for your thoughtful suggestions! Many of them have been added to our information pages about types of therapy, which you can view here:

    We are constantly updating that list and adding more of your suggestions and resources.

    Thanks again for participating in this discussion!

    Best regards,
    The Team

  • david

    March 31st, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    what about hallucinogenic therapy

  • naomi

    April 23rd, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT) is designed to help people improve their moods by understanding and working with their biological and social rhythms. Originally developed as a form of psychotherapy for a single clinician and a single patient, the program has since been adapted to work in several different kinds of settings, including inpatient and outpatient groups. IPSRT is a compelling adjunctive therapy for people with mood disorders, and it emphasizes techniques to improve medication adherence, manage stressful life events, and reduce disruptions in social rhythms. IPSRT teaches patients skills that let them protect themselves against the development of future episodes.

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