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Types of Psychotherapy

There are several styles of psychotherapy (talk-therapy) and some work better with certain people, problems or challenges. Psychotherapy may be used in combination with medication or other therapies.


Psychotherapies commonly used at Dolphin Tribe include:

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

A mindfulness-based therapy that helps children understand and accept their inner emotions.

Attachment Based Family Therapy (ABFT)

Attachment-based family therapy (ABFT) is a type of family therapy in which aims to help a parent and a child repair their relationship and work to develop or rebuild an emotionally secure relationship.


Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)

A task-based approach where patients identify negative thoughts and behaviours and replace them with healthy ones.


Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)

A form of CBT used to treat older adolescents with chronic suicidal feelings or thoughts by teaching positive behavioural skills to manage stress and develop positive relationships.


Family therapy

Enables family members to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely and understand each other’s experiences. More on family therapy.


Group therapy

Multiple patients led by a therapist, using the power of group dynamics and peer interactions to increase understanding of mental illness and improve social skills.


Interpersonal therapy (IPT)

Helps patients find ways to deal with people and situations they find difficult. Used for depression and mood disorders, eating disorders, perinatal depression, addiction, dysthymia.


Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT)

Working with children and teens struggling with who they are.


Parent-Child Therapy

Increases positive parent and child behaviours and improves parent-child relationships.


Play Therapy

Using toys, blocks, dolls, drawings and games to help young children recognise, identify and verbalise feelings. Through a combination of talk and play, it gives children the opportunity to understand and manage their conflicts, feelings and behaviours.


Psychodynamic psychotherapy

Helps patients understand and become comfortable with underlying emotions that are distressing or confusing.


Supportive psychotherapy

Identifies stressful events that affect a child’s mental health. Helps children make healthy decisions with a particular aim to reduce anxiety and discover resilience.

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