Individual Therapy gives you the opportunity to confidentially talk through problems or issues. This type of therapy is useful for many types of situations that cause stress, anger, grief, or conflict. Individual therapy is an effective treatment for many types of mental, emotional, and behavioral health issues. But, it can also help people who are facing difficult life situations or would like to develop healthier, more functional personal habits.
In a comfortable, private setting, you and your therapist will explore many different important issues, including (but not limited to):
- Expression of thoughts and emotions
- Behavior patterns
- Problem solving
- Conflict resolution
- Strengths and weaknesses
Individual therapy may be short-term (focusing on immediate issues) or long-term (delving into more complex problems). The number of sessions and the frequency of appointments depend on the situations and the recommendations of the therapist.
Some people are hesitant to sign up for therapy because of the stigma about mental illness. However, individual therapy is beneficial to all types of people who may be experiencing any one of these common issues:
- Extreme emotions, like sadness or anger
- Recent trauma, such as the death of a loved one or divorce
- Substance abuse
- Problems at work
- Loss of enjoyment of activities
- Strained family and/or personal relationships
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychological treatment that has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol, and drug use problems, marital problems, eating disorders, and severe mental illness. CBT is based on several core principles, including faulty ways of thinking and learned patterns of unhelpful behavior. CBT treatment usually involves efforts to change thinking and behavioral patterns.
We all know romantic relationships are hard work. Like cars, they require regular maintenance to keep them running well. If there is a problem, it’s best to have it repaired right away to avoid further complications down the road.
Couples therapy is a type of psychotherapy for the people who are involved in a romantic relationship to gain insight into their relationship, resolve conflict, and improve relationship satisfaction by utilizing a variety of therapeutic interventions.
Don’t know what to expect in each couple’s therapy session? Typically, the first couple’s therapy session begins with some standard interview questions regarding the history of the relationship as well as deep-diving into each partner’s family-of-origin, values, and cultural background. The therapist or marriage counselor also might use the initial sessions for crisis intervention if necessary. The couple’s therapist will then assist the couple in identifying the issue that will be the focus of treatment, establishing treatment goals, and planning a structure for treatment for each counseling session.
During treatment, the therapist will help the couple gain insight into the relational dynamics creating the problem and guide both partners to understand their roles in the dysfunctional interactions. This greater insight into relationship issues and distress will help them change the way they perceive the relationship and each other.