A to Z lists on therapy

Updated: Jul 6

One of the more comprehensive list and explanations on "What therapy can help with" and "Types of therapy"

- British Association for Counselling and Psychology (BACP)


What Therapy Can Help With

An A-Z of issues and concerns which may be helped by talking to a counsellor.

Talking therapies can help with many difficult life problems - from coping with traumatic experiences and events, to dealing with depression and anxiety or managing harmful emotions and behaviours.


A : Abuse, Attention deficit disorder (ADD) or Attention deficit

hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Addictions, Adoption, AIDS and HIV,

Anger, Anxiety, Autism spectrum disorders (ASD),

B : Bereavement, Bullying

C : Cancer, Careers, Child related issues, Cultural issues

D : Dementia, Depression, Disability

E : Eating disorders, Emotional distress

F : Financial debt

H : Health related issues

I : Infertility

L : Life skills, Loss

O : Obsessions and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD),

Older people

P : Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress (PTSD),

Pregnancy related issues

R : Redundancy, Relationships

S : Self-esteem, Self-harm, Sex related issues, Sexual abuse, Sexual

identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Suicidal feelings

T : Trauma (and PTSD)

W : Work-related issues


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Types Of Therapy

An A-Z of therapeutic approaches

There are many ways of working or 'modalities' in counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists may be trained in one approach or use techniques from different methods if they think these would help a client.


A : Adlerian therapy, Art therapy

B : Behavioural therapy, Brief therapy

C : Coaching, Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT), Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT),

Cognitive therapy, Creative therapy

E : Eclectric counselling, Emotionally focused therapy, Existential therapy, Eye movement

desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)

F : Family therapy

G : Gestalt therapy

H : Humanistic therapy (Gestalt therapy, person-centred therapy, transactional analysis

and transpersonal therapy are all humanistic approaches).

I : Integrative counselling

J : Jungian therapy

N : Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)

P : Person-centred therapy, Phenomenological therapy, Play therapy, Primal therapy,

Psychoanalysis, Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Psychosynthesis

R : Relationship therapy

S : Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), Systemic therapies

T : Transactional analysis, Transpersonal therapy


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Source: BACP.co.uk

Clients should look for counsellor or therapist whose practice, training or speciality are in the area of help that you are looking for. Ethical practitioners will inform and/or refer you to other specialists if what you require is not in their 'scope of work' or competency level. Underlined in the above A-Z listings are some of the work we cover at AWE SG.

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