If you're trying to change bad habits, you may think that you don't have many options except to keep trying. Interestingly enough, if you choose to go to therapy, you have various options for treatment that can make your bad habits a thing of the past. 

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)

One of the first kinds of therapy you can try is called neuro-linguistic programming. This interesting type of therapy was created in the 1970s and focuses on retraining your learned habits to help you achieve your goals. It uses language, neurology, and programming.

Considered a holistic therapy, NLP training works by helping patients recognize unconscious behaviors, so they can change them. For instance, if a patient is suffering from a fear of dogs, then the therapist needs to understand why. Did the client's parents make him fear the animal? Did others around them always run or have unusual fears involving dogs? If so, then the client probably learned to fear the animal simply because others did, not because of a bad interaction. 

When the patient describes the fear, the therapist records how they describe the fear. With a change in verbiage, attitude, and and understanding of the root cause of the fear, patients can overcome it.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is most often used for patients who have serious mental and physical health problems. This kind of therapy can be used to treat anxiety, depression, and other issues. 

With cognitive-behavioral therapy, the therapist helps the patient identify the main concern or problem. From there, you are able to change the way you think and behave with help from the therapist. For example, if you have a fear of tornadoes and binge drink every time you hear heavy wind, the therapist may be able to help you find a healthier way to appreciate the weather along with finding a healthy way to manage your fear. 

Talk Therapy

Sometimes, you just need to get it all off your chest. Talk therapy is simply a time when you get to speak to your therapist about all your concerns, events in your day, positives, and negatives. If you feel overwhelmed or stressed, speaking with the therapist can help you ground yourself, reducing your anxiety and helping you release anxious energy. 

If you're trying to change being quick to anger, for example, your talk therapist may be able to help you understand why you're feeling angry and talk to you about what makes your anger worse or better. They could offer suggestions or solutions to your situation, so you can get back to a peaceful sense of self. 

These are three types of therapy you can try. Each is slightly different, so try them all to see the effects.