Is Individual therapy right for me?
One on one therapy is a great place to begin addressing problems that may be specific to just you. Individual therapy is a very personal journey, and many people seek therapy because they struggle to make improvements on their own. Individual therapy, which is also known as talk therapy, counseling or psychotherapy, is conducted in a confidential and therapeutic environment between a highly trained therapist and their client.
Individual therapy is collaborative in nature and focuses on helping you create desired change and improve the quality of your life. Individual therapy can help you explore your emotional well-being and foster healing and growth in areas of your life that seem to be holding you back.
Why would someone seek individual therapy?
Clients seek therapy for a number of reasons. These often include very personal reasons that they might not feel comfortable discussing at first. Some clients want to sort out issues they faced as children, or factors that are impacting their life right now. Sometimes therapy sessions take on more than one issue: grief, anxiety, addiction, relationships, self-esteem issues, and more. Many other therapy clients may want to focus on one aspect of their lives and work towards improving that.
Why a client may seek counseling can vary from everyday struggles of life to chronic mental health conditions. Oftentimes, people think that their issue or concern isn’t “big enough” to warrant therapy. There is no scale that determines what is a viable issue to bring into therapy. Here are some examples of issues treated during individual therapy sessions:
What are the benefits of individual therapy?
There are many benefits to participating in individual therapy and working with one of our highly trained therapists. When specific issues arise that might impact a client’s health or well-being, therapy can help clients move past those issues. Working with your therapist individually can help you manage difficult thoughts, feelings, and behaviors more effectively. Many clients report benefiting from individual therapy in managing their stress, and finding more effectives ways to meet life’s challenges.
How long will I need to be in therapy?
An important part of individual therapy is goal setting. Goals will vary from client to client, and your therapist will collaborate with you to determine the best treatment to help you reach those goals. Goal setting in therapy not only gives you focus, it also helps your therapist understand the specific changes you are hoping to realize during the course of therapy.
Individual therapy goals are set based on the need for short-term vs long-term therapy. Many client concerns are resolved with short-term therapy, and goals can be achieved in relatively short order. These treatments can last generally 6-12 sessions. However, chronic or complex concerns require a long-term commitment to therapy before improvements can be observed, and longer term goals are more appropriate for that approach. There’s no limit to how many therapy sessions you can schedule, and we’ll help you determine what is appropriate for your needs. Don’t put off feeling better because you think it will take too long to achieve your goals. Even if you have tried therapy before, sometimes finding the right therapist for you can make all the difference.
How will I know that therapy is helping me?
Individual progress is determined by different factors, such as an individual’s desire and motivation to change. Individual therapy can play an essential role in healing and recovery. On occasion, your therapist may assign homework to be completed outside of the counseling sessions to support the work you are doing in session. Clients who complete these assignments are more likely to find success in therapy and reach their goals. Research has proven that therapy results in decreased symptoms of chronic mental conditions, such as depression and anxiety. The benefits can continue well after therapy has ended for those that continue to apply the principles and skills learned while in therapy.
We are here and ready to start this journey with you. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly and knowledgeable staff. You can schedule a free consultation by contacting us today.