If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life Individual Therapy can help. Individual therapy is a long-standing treatment of choice to improve mental health.
Some people seek therapy for help with a specific issue such as anxiety, grief, interpersonal difficulties, work life balance, adjusting to a life transition, trauma, or substance use. Others are wanting to improve themselves by changing their behaviors and gaining more insight into their emotions, motives, relationships. Some people ready to finally work through some of those "issues" they have been carrying around.
For some things such as mild-moderate depression, anxiety, grief, self-esteem, interpersonal issues, and personality issues, individual therapy and counseling is more effective than medication.
What Is Individual Therapy?
Individual therapy involves one-person meeting with a trained and licensed mental health professional and talking about what is bothering them. It provides a safe and trusting environment, for people to express their feelings or beliefs, process influential or painful memories, gain understanding about their emotional world, themselves and how they interact with others, identify and change unhelpful ingrained ways of thinking or behaviors, and generally, move toward desired goals.
Sigmund Freud of course pioneered and made prominent what he referred to as “the talking cure.” At the time it was a revolutionary idea for doctors to take the time and talk to their patients about their psychological issues. This evolved into what we now usually refer to when we say “therapy.” There are some slight variations, like psychotherapy, talk therapy, and counseling, but most people use these phrases synonymously.
What Happens In Individual Therapy?
Individual therapy and counseling can encompass talking about your current struggles, processing and working through painful memories, teaching people specific methods to cope with stressful situations and strong emotions, identifying unhelpful ways of thinking, understanding and accepting existential quandaries. Therapists can be quiet, letting the client guide the conversation and occasionally providing insight or direction. At other times therapists can be more active and direct by leading the client in an experiential or cognitive exercise.
It can be hard to describe what individual therapy is like because each therapy is unique. At the core of every effective psychotherapy is the connection between the client and therapist. Numerous studies have shown that strength of the therapeutic relationship is the most important factor for change. This does not mean that you have to “like” your therapist, but it is essential that you trust your therapist and can work well with them.
There are many different types of individual therapy. The client’s needs and the expertise of the therapist will determine which methodology will be used. We have therapists and psychologists who are trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities such as Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Existential Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Our intake coordinator, and our expert clinicians will work with you to form an individualized approach based on your needs.
If you are ready to make some changes we are here to help! Our intake coordinator is standing by to answer any questions you might have and connect you with a therapist best suited for your particular needs. Or you can schedule directly with any of our therapists online