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Therapy: List of Types of Medical Therapies

Disabled World (disabled-world.com)

Revised/Updated: Tuesday, 31st March 2020

Synopsis and Key Points:

Medical, psychotherapy, and counseling therapy types, including both traditional and alternative medicine therapies.

Psychotherapy (Talk therapy) is a term for a variety of treatment techniques that aim to help a person identify and change troubling emotions, thoughts, and behavior.

Even when medications relieve symptoms, psychotherapy and other interventions can help a person address specific issues.

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Therapy is defined as the attempted remediation of a health problem, usually following a diagnosis. In the medical field, it is usually synonymous with treatment (abbreviated tx or Tx), which is used more commonly than "therapy".

Among psychologists and other mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and clinical social workers, the term may refer specifically to psychotherapy (talking therapy).

Psychotherapies Treatment Options

Psychotherapy can be an alternative to medication, or can be used along with other treatment options, such as medications. Choosing the right treatment plan should be based on a person's individual needs and medical situation and under a mental health professional's care.

Psychotherapy (Talk therapy) is a term for a variety of treatment techniques that aim to help a person identify and change troubling emotions, thoughts, and behavior. Most psychotherapy takes place with a licensed and trained mental health care professional and a patient meeting one on one or with other patients in a group setting.

Even when medications relieve symptoms, psychotherapy and other interventions can help a person address specific issues. These might include self-defeating ways of thinking, fears, problems with interactions with other people, or dealing with situations at home and at school or with employment.

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Different Types of Counseling Therapy May Include:

  • Hypnotherapy
  • Family therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Multimodal therapy
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Integrative approaches
  • Relationship counselling
  • Cognitive analytical therapy
  • Person-centred counselling
  • Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Solution-focused brief therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)

Other Types of Therapy Include

  • Abortive Therapy
  • Acupressure
  • Acupuncture
  • Adjunct Therapy
  • Adjunctive Therapy
  • Adjuvant Therapy
  • Alternative Therapy
  • Androgen Replacement Therapy
  • Animal-assisted Therapy
  • Antibody Therapy
  • Antihormone Therapy
  • Antiserum Therapy
  • Aquarium Therapy
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Aromatherapy
  • Auger Therapy
  • Aurotherapy
  • Autism Therapies
  • Autologous Immune Enhancement Therapy
  • Biotherapy
  • Blood Irradiation Therapy
  • Brachytherapy
  • Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy
  • Cell Therapy
  • Cytotherapy
  • Cell Transfer Therapy
  • Chelation Therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Chinese Food Therapy
  • Chiropractic Therapy
  • Chronotherapy
  • Chrysotherapy
  • Cobalt Therapy
  • Cold Compression Therapy
  • Combination Therapy
  • Consolidation Therapy
  • Contrast Bath Therapy
  • Counseling
  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Cryotherapy
  • Crystal Therapy
  • Curative Therapy
  • Cytoluminescent Therapy
  • Dark Therapy
  • Definitive Therapy
  • Destination Therapy
  • Diesel Therapy
  • Dietary Therapy
  • Drug Therapy
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy
  • Electromagnetic Therapy
  • Electromagnetic Therapy
  • Electron Therapy
  • Electrotherapy
  • Empiric Therapy
  • Energy Therapy
  • Enzyme Replacement Therapy
  • Epigenetic Therapy
  • Equine Therapy
  • Estrogen Replacement Therapy
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy
  • Fast Neutron Therapy
  • Feldenkrais Therapy
  • Fluoride Therapy
  • Gene Therapy
  • Gene Therapy For Color Blindness
  • Gene Therapy For Epilepsy
  • Gene Therapy For Osteoarthritis
  • Gene Therapy In Parkinson's Disease
  • Gene Therapy Of The Human Retina
  • Gold Standard Therapy
  • Grape Therapy
  • Greyhound Therapy
  • Halotherapy
  • Heat Therapy
  • Helminthic Therapy
  • Herbal Therapy
  • Hippotherapy
  • Hormone Therapy
  • Hormonal Therapy (oncology)
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (menopause)
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (transgender)
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (female-to-male)
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (male-to-female)
  • Host Modulatory Therapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
  • Hyperthermia Therapy
  • Hypothermia Therapy For Neonatal Encephalopathy
  • Ichthyotherapy
  • Immunosuppressive Therapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Induction Therapy
  • Intraoperative Electron Radiation Therapy
  • Intraoperative Radiation Therapy
  • Intravenous Immunoglobulin Therapy
  • Intravenous Therapy
  • Inversion Therapy
  • Investigational Therapy
  • Laser Therapy
  • Leech Therapy
  • Light Therapy
  • Lithium Therapy
  • Low Level Laser Therapy
  • Maggot Therapy
  • Magnet Therapy
  • Magnetic Resonance Therapy
  • Maintenance Therapy
  • Manual Therapy
  • Martial Arts Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Massotherapy
  • Medical Gas Therapy
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Medical Therapy
  • Mesotherapy (pseudoscientific)
  • Molecular Chaperone Therapy
  • Molecular Therapy
  • Monoclonal Antibody Therapy
  • Monotherapy
  • Mud Therapy (prescientific)
  • Music Therapy
  • Negative Air Ionization Therapy
  • Neoadjuvant Therapy
  • Neurologic Music Therapy
  • Neutron Capture Therapy Of Cancer
  • Neutron Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Oral Rehydration Therapy
  • Osmotherapy
  • Oxygen Therapy
  • Ozone Therapy
  • Palliative Therapy
  • Particle Therapy
  • Pet Therapy
  • Phage Therapy
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Phonemic Neurological Hypochromium Therapy
  • Photodynamic Therapy
  • Phototherapy
  • Photothermal Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Phytotherapy
  • Platin Therapy
  • Polychemotherapy
  • Polytherapy
  • Preventive Therapy
  • Prolotherapy
  • Prophylactic Therapy
  • Protein Therapy
  • Proton Therapy
  • Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy
  • PUVA Therapy
  • Quack Therapies
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Rehydration Therapy
  • Rescue Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Retail Therapy
  • Salt Therapy
  • Salvage Therapy
  • Serotherapy
  • Sonodynamic Therapy
  • Sound Therapy
  • Spa Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Speleotherapy
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Step Therapy
  • Stepladder Therapy
  • Stepdown Therapy
  • Stereotactic Radiation Therapy
  • Supportive Therapy
  • Systemic Therapy
  • Sweat Therapy
  • Targeted Therapy
  • Thermotherapy
  • TK Cell Therapy
  • Tolerogenic Therapy
  • Transdermal Continuous Oxygen Therapy
  • Ultraviolet Light Therapy
  • Urine Therapy
  • Virotherapy
  • Wake Therapy
  • Waon Therapy
  • Water Cure (therapy)

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