The selection of one type of therapy or treatment over another will have everything to do with personal preference, availability, need, and in some instances, financial ability, what will your insurance cover and what can you afford?
While we’ve gone through specific types of therapy, it’s important to know that many therapists take an eclectic approach in which they combine strategies found in cognitive-behavioral therapy, insight-oriented therapy, motivational therapies, supportive psychotherapy, and other techniques. This allows a great degree of flexibility in helping people work through various issues as they arise.
For most people it comes down to finding a good fit and developing a sense of what works for you. A good rule of thumb in evaluating all types of therapy is to ask yourself, “Am I making progress? Are the areas of my life that weren’t going well now moving in a positive direction?”