How Do Therapists Approach Mental Health Challenges?

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How Do Therapists Approach Mental Health Challenges?

“Can a therapist really help me?”

Mental health challenges, including the effects of mental illness, can seem so daunting that we often feel frozen in our tracks, not knowing where to go or what to do. It’s tempting to wonder if it’s worth reaching out for help. After all, if our problems seem insurmountable, how in the world can someone else, such as a therapist, sort them out with us? (Mental Health Counseling: How it Works, Benefits)

Trained mental health professionals, such as counselors, therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists, have logical, research-based approaches to helping people. Elements that are considered by a professional when working with a client include the person’s:

  • personal background
  • thought patterns
  • emotional experiences
  • behaviors and actions
  • values
  • goals
  • current mental status

When considering all of these personal aspects, a mental health professional will choose a therapeutic approach that fits the client. Cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and solution-focused therapy are just a few of the therapeutic approaches supported by research that are known to be helpful.

Each therapist is unique, just as each client is unique; therefore, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to mental health. Regardless of the specific approach, a therapist chooses what she or he thinks will best suit the client and draws from her/his own belief system to choose valid approaches to healing.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2017, June 28). How Do Therapists Approach Mental Health Challenges?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 18 from

Last Updated: June 29, 2017

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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