About Individual Therapy
Individual therapy is an opportunity to set aside a special time each week to focus on yourself — me time, in the truest sense. Often thought of as “psychotherapy,” individual therapy involves meeting with a therapist one-on-one in order to reduce internal conflict and/or suffering, which frequently contributes to problematic behavior.
Individual meetings are provided to children and adults, and personalized to meet the specific needs of each client. At the commencement of treatment, meetings are often weekly and last between 45 and 90 minutes, depending on the level of support needed. As therapy continues and clients meet their goals and feel a consistent decrease in distress or symptoms, sessions may decrease to biweekly, then monthly, before ending. Though, we always love to keep in touch and hear how clients are doing.
During individual meetings, sessions may encompass a variety of brief and depth oriented psychotherapeutic techniques. Most clients will at times require some brief interventions and coping oriented therapy, whereas all clients deserve the attunement and healing dynamics provided by more depth-oriented and intensive psychotherapy. At the onset of therapy, goals are discussed and clearly set, which may involve replacing negative thoughts with positive or more rational ones, facing specific fears, or changing behavioral patterns. Psychoanalytic or psychodynamic therapies also strive for personal growth through insight into the conscious and subconscious mind. The techniques used by therapists help to reveal the client’s wishes and feelings, providing insight into unhealthy actions. We are firm believers in tailoring our approach to each client, so that therapy becomes an organic process of consistent and meaningful change.
What Individual Therapy Can Treat
Individual therapy sessions can be highly beneficial in treating a variety of mental health conditions-to-helping clients develop the insight that they seek for personal growth. Each weekly session is a special time for clients to focus on things they’d like to change, understand, improve, or explore. Guided in a safe and confidential environment, clients can receive the earnest attention of an experienced professional who is passionate about their craft and genuine in their dedication to helping clients overcome challenges, find solutions, and develop new perspectives and life skills.
Individual therapy can help clients:
- Overcome struggles with depression and anxiety.
- Find Freedom from Habitually Negative Patterns.
- Eliminate Self-criticism or Destructive Thoughts.
- Change Problem Behaviors.
- Address Emotional Anguish.
- Confront Past Traumas.
- Build Mental Strength to Move Forward.
- Improve relationships with a spouse, partner, parent, child, or other loved one.
- Regain a sense of self-empowerment.
- Prepare for marriage or children.
- Cope with a breakup or divorce.
- Identify problems which seem indefinable.
- Confront medical ailments or relevant health decisions.
- Tackle problematic life transitions.
- Find balance in a hectic life.
- Express your feelings honestly and without shame in a safe place
- Develop new skills to recognize and alter self-sabotaging behaviors
- Understand what was missed during earlier years and the impact on current functioning.
- Develop new and healthier ways of viewing a situation
Individual Therapy with Children
Individual therapy with children consists of non-threatening methods such as games, role-playing, art, stories, play therapy, and activities to put the child at ease, build rapport and reduce the sense of "being in therapy". The goal is to make it fun and, we must admit, it’s a lot of fun for us too! Therapeutic issues include anxiety, depression, trauma, dealing with loss/divorce, stress, problematic behaviors, and more. The most important components of successful therapy is an appropriate match between the patient and therapist, and parental involvement. We invite you to read more in the “Children and Family Therapy” section.