Therapists counsel individual and groups, develop therapeutic treatment plans, review tests carried out on patients and develop discharge plans, states the Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center. They facilitate patient recovery and help individuals deal with physical, mental and emotional problems, states The Nest..
Various therapy positions exist, including occupational, respiratory, massage, speech, and family and marriage therapists. A physiotherapist takes patients through exercises to help them recover from pain and mobility problems caused by accidents, surgery, trauma or degenerative diseases. Occupational therapists assist people in performing basic tasks that are vital for independent living. Speech therapists evaluate adults and children for language and speech problems caused by physical and mental illness, and offer speech improvement programs and exercises, says About.com.
Respiratory therapists treat patients with cardiopulmonary problems; they carry out tests and teach patients how to use inhalers and other breathing equipment. Marriage and family therapists address emotional and mental issues in family members; these professionals help individuals understand their challenges in family relationships and find ways to overcome them, states The Nest.
A massage therapist uses the sense of touch to treat muscle aches and stress, while a music therapist offers music interventions to address emotional, social, cognitive and physical needs in individuals. Other therapy positions include psychotherapists and behavioral therapists, who help patients deal with stress, depression and anxiety, notes About.com