Rapid pace of life and exposure to external and internal factors both affect our well-being. Poor physical health, disordered personal relationships, bad socioeconomic status and other stressful situations can turn out to be a great psychological burden. They can result in psychiatric problems that need to be treated. In addition to conventional medicine, a number of complementary therapy methods are available - they are described in this thesis. Purpose: Complementary forms of therapy for psychiatric patients are presented in this thesis. Methods: We used a descriptive approach, examining the domestic and foreign literature available and analyzing it. Professional and scientific literature was included: articles, original scientific papers and collections of papers from conferences and symposiums. We searched for literature online in various databases such including Medline, CINAHL and Cohrane Library, and also COBBISS. Full text literature was used for this review. It was collected between April and July 2018. The following key words and phrases were used: complementary treatment, psychiatry, healing methods, complementarity, modern psychology, physiotherapy with pets. The articles relating to conventional treatment methods were excluded. Results: 6 most common complementary methods for treating psychiatric patients are presented, including: acupuncture, aromatherapy, music, hypnosis, massage and animal-assisted therapy. Discussion and conclusion: Complementary methods have been used in psychiatry for quite some time both at home and abroad. We have noticed the use of methods in all the most common psychiatric disorders. For anxiety and depression, relaxation methods - meditation, yoga, massage and acupuncture - are often mentioned as being effective. Bipolar disorder can be treated similarly, combined with the use of certain vitamins and antioxidants. Dementia can alternatively be treated with aromatherapy, acupuncture, various animal-assisted therapies and homeopathy. Obsessive compulsive disorder is mostly treated with yoga and aromatherapy. Addiction and dependence are managed by yoga, various creativity therapies, drawing, meditation, acupuncture and aromatherapy. All of these and other alternative methods and widely used, but there is still a gap between the conventional and complementary therapies. We also discovered that there is a lack of research on the effectiveness of each complementary method.