The use of therapy to help treat mental illness is no new concept. Psychotherapy, as it’s known in modern terms has been around for centuries as a way to help those struggling with mental health issues in a non-invasive way. Up to this point, and sometime after, mental illness was seen as something that should be dealt with through experimental medical procedures or complete neglect of the patient.

Today, our understanding of psychotherapy and its uses has changed somewhat drastically. While the core concept remains intact, we continue to test new methods of treatment to determine the unique needs of an individual. Here are a few examples of non-traditional therapies being used to treat mental illness today. 

Art Therapy

Art has always been known as an expression of self and/or environment. Through the use of art, people are able to take ideas or feeling inside and project them outward. This realization of internal thought or feeling provides a sense of relief and can help to explain one’s environment. One drug rehab facility in Florida has been using art therapy as a way to treat PTSD in patients through ‘non-traditional’ means. 

Dance Therapy

Dance, similar to that of art, is rooted in self-expression. Used in individual, couple, family, and group sessions, the use of dance/movement therapy provides a way to communicate in a non-verbal fashion. 

Animal-Assisted Therapies

Animal-assisted therapies use (as you may have guessed) animals to help treat behavioral issues and are often proven to help with depression, anxiety, and addiction. During treatment, patients spend time with an animal, mainly dogs, but can also include cats, horses, pigs, and birds.

Who is Non-Traditional Therapy Right For?

For many people, some form of therapy is likely going to be a good idea. Whether it’s a traditional means of psychotherapy or a non-traditional method, there’s something for everyone. Most often, people who try a traditional form of therapy and decide it’s not right for them can often find success through another means. You should get in touch with a medical professional to determine which treatment is right for you.

About the author

Cristian Garcia

Cristian Garcia is a freelance writer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. He enjoys writing about all things mental health, wellness, tech, and entertainment.

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