Three new psychological treatments for mental health

When seeking treatment for mental health issues, the chances are that you have only considered the two traditional methods of 1) talking therapy, and 2) medication.

These two methods are well known for good reason: they work for a lot of people. However, no one form of mental health treatment is a ‘cure-all’ and often, when different treatments work in tandem with one another, this is where the best results are found.

To help you to get an idea of what could also be out there to help you on your journey, this guide is going to tell you all about three of the newest psychological treatments that are on offer and why they might be useful to you.

Remember, when it comes to mental health, you are not alone.

Virtual reality

The first treatment worth knowing about is that being developed by Oxford VR, which combines expertise in psychology with the cutting-edge immersive technology of virtual reality (VR) to deliver automated mental health therapies.

Oxford VR develops a range of clinically validated and user centred cognitive treatments for clinical conditions such as anxiety disorders, psychosis, depression and addictions. The therapies use the technology of VR headsets to deliver cost-effective and meaningful therapy to those who use it. Research has been done to prove that scenarios replayed through a VR headset trigger the same psychological and physiological responses as a real-world situation. What this means is that it is a great way to face your demons in a safe and controlled environment and be able to develop useful coping mechanisms that will aid you in your everyday life.

This therapy works well because patients go into the situations they find difficult and practise more helpful ways of thinking and behaving, which is a unique benefit to active therapies.

A focus of compassion

Another form for psychological treatment that should be on your radar is compassion based therapy. The definition of compassion-based therapy, which is also often referred to as compassion-focused therapy, is

‘a system of psychotherapy that integrates techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy with concepts from evolutionary psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, Buddhist psychology, and neuroscience.’

This form of therapy is ideal for those who struggle with low self-esteem, are overwhelming self-critical, and carry deep feelings of personal shame or guilt. This type of therapy consists of workshops, group discussions, didactic teaching, and learning materials such as videos and worksheets, to help you to work through your issues practically.

Be dramatic

The final psychological treatment to consider is something known as drama therapy and, what is important to remember here, is that this option has nothing to do with whether or not you enjoy performing arts, so don’t rule this one out if you get stage fright.
What happens during drama therapy, is that the therapist will use knowledge of different mediums of performing arts (dance, theatre, music, poetry) to help you find the best medium for you to express your worries and troubles through.
This approach will enable you to explore painful and challenging life experiences through an indirect approach, which has been proven to make the journey towards getting better much easier.