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The Ultimate Guide to Evidence-Based Therapies for Mental Well-Being

The Ultimate Guide to Evidence-Based Therapies for Mental Well-Being

Seeking therapy is a powerful step one can take towards achieving and maintaining mental health. If you or anyone else is taking this step, then it's great to understand the options available. In recent years, many evidence-based therapies have gained prominence. Different practices can be effective for different conditions and suit people differently too.  

In this blog, let’s explore some of the most common therapies that are available. 

1) Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 

This is a practical, action-oriented approach to therapy that aims to help individuals change their thinking patterns and behaviours to improve their mental health. It focuses on the ‘Here and Now’ rather than going deep into past experiences or traumas.  

The approach here is problem-solving and working as a team with the therapist to identify and change negative thought patterns. It is known to be most effective for anxiety, depression, and stress-related issues.  

2) Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) 

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy was first used to help people with borderline personality disorders. Over the years, it has also proved to be effective in teaching skills for handling distress, emotional regulation, mindfulness practices, and even relationship improvement.  

Individuals wrestling with intense emotions and harmful behaviours commonly find DBT to be an invaluable resource. The strategies used in this therapy are focused on changing negative thought patterns and accepting and managing difficult emotions.  

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

3) Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) 

As the name suggests, REBT is a practice that emphasises identifying and changing irrational beliefs. As we go through life, we are prone to developing irrational beliefs, like how some people consider the number 13 to be unlucky or that one needs to be perfect to be loved.  

While some such beliefs could be harmless, others could be the underlying issues of anxiety, depression, and other emotional issues. Identifying these irrational beliefs and replacing them with more rational and constructive thoughts can help a person develop healthier coping mechanisms and improve their overall well-being. That is exactly what REBT aims to do. It targets the underlying thought patterns and lets individuals take control of their thoughts and emotions so they can lead healthier lives.   

4) Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) 

This method adds mindfulness practice to cognitive therapy techniques. The idea is to help an individual go beyond discovering underlying thought patterns and fixing them to focusing on the present moment and being aware of their thoughts and feelings without judgment.  

In this type of therapy, one learns to respond to challenging situations with more clarity and compassion. MBCT is best for people who struggle with recurrent depression, anxiety, or stress, as it helps them develop a more balanced approach to their thoughts and emotions.  

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

5) Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) 

EMDR therapy primarily focuses on addressing traumatic experiences. Unlike traditional talk therapy, which involves discussing traumatic events, EMDR involves revisiting traumatic events while engaging in specific eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation. This helps the brain reprocess the distressing memories in a way that reduces their emotional impact.  

So, EMDR is best suited for people dealing with trauma-related mental health issues like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as it can help them reduce the stress associated with the traumatic incident.  

6) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) 

ACT is another method that has proven to be effective in helping people struggling with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. It takes the approach of positive reinforcement and values-based action to develop psychological flexibility that will allow people to accept their thoughts and feelings without trying to control or avoid them.  

This way, people can develop a healthy approach to their experiences and act based on their personal values. The ACT approach helps individuals develop a greater sense of purpose and meaning in their lives.  

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)


In the quest for mental well-being, the journey is unique for everyone. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, even in the journey to mental wellness. The suitability of the therapy method and the therapist depends on the individual. This brief introduction to different evidence-based methods gives you an idea of the options available. It is for the individual to choose the method that resonates with them and to try different options until a good fit is found.   

With ekincare, a powerful resource at your fingertips, you can access a diverse range of evidence-based therapies tailored to your specific needs. From the practical problem-solving of CBT to the mindfulness practices of MBCT, ekincare provides a supportive platform to connect with experienced therapists and mental health professionals who can guide you towards greater resilience and inner peace. 

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Nivetha Kannan

Content Writer, Silver Oak Health

Nivetha Kannan writes blogs on mental health and well-being topics for Silver Oak Health. She is a professional content writer and is passionate about the field of psychology & personal development. She writes impactful content that brings positive changes in people. Her mantra for life is to 'be curious and not judgemental'.