Welldoing.org aims to help users of the site live the best life they can. We believe this can be achieved by nurturing all aspects of our minds and bodies. Sometimes this might mean boosting your mood with a walk outside in nature, doing some exercise, making changes to your diet, booking yourself onto a retreat, or simply chatting to a trusted friend. While at other times, you may feel the need for outside help and support such as seeking the help of a trained psychotherapist, counsellor, hypnotherapist or psychologist.

We know it can be confusing and overwhelming when you start looking for a therapist because there are so many different types of therapy available and it is difficult to know what type of therapy is best suited to you. In fact that is why we developed our unique Find A Therapist Directory which matches you to a selection of the best therapists for your individual needs after you compete a simple, user friendly questionnaire.

As psychotherapist Philippa Perry points out, there is more to choosing a therapist than knowing lots about their therapy style: “The most important factor when choosing a therapist or an analyst is not the model of therapy so much as the practitioner him or herself. Therapy’s effectiveness is in the common factors that all the talking therapies have, a safe space to talk and be, and your relationship with your therapist”.

However, at the same time we recognise that many people are interested to know more about the different types of therapy that exist. We have compiled a list of therapy types; the content for each entry has been vetted by a member of welldoing.org (their names are listed at the bottom of the page). Click on each entry to read.

Art therapy

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

Behavioural therapy

Body psychotherapy

Cognitive analytical (CAT)

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

Couples therapy or relationship therapy

Drama therapy

Equine assisted therapy

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing EMDR

Existential

Family or systemic

Gestalt

Humanistic

Human Givens

Hypnotherapy

Integrative

Interpersonal therapy (IPT)

Jungian

Mindfulness

Music therapy

Person-centred counselling

Play therapy

Psychoanalysis

Psychodynamic psychotherapy

Relational therapy

Sex therapy

Solution-focused brief therapy

Transactional analysis (TA)

Transpersonal therapy or Psychosynthesis


The welldoing.org directory therapists and counsellors who approved this resource material are: Clare Asherson Bartram, Peter Cockersell, Julia Crabtree, Josephine Cropper, Jo Ham, Hugh Hetherington, Sarah McGuinness, Nickie McNamara, Linda Newbold,  Sasha RoseneilDavid SamsonCollette Sharbel-Merven, Anna Storey, Gilead Yeffett