How Can Therapy Help?
Most people come to individual therapy because of a current struggle. That might be depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, questioning their sexuality, or any other number of issues that spur people to reach out for support. In many cases, the first goal of therapy is to help you feel better. To work with you to relieve the immediate distress so that you can get to a clearer, more regulated emotional state. How your therapist helps you get there will differ significantly depending on your presenting symptoms and the therapist’s own therapeutic style. Generally by the end of the first session your therapist will be able to give you some sense of their understanding of the issues and their initial ideas about what the two of you might do in future sessions in order to help you reach your goals.
As individual therapy continues, most people find that they begin to feel much better.
Having dealt with the immediate issues that brought them into therapy, they might decide that they want to wrap up therapy or taper off from it. Some people, though, choose to stay in therapy to continue exploring, getting stronger, and continuing to make improvements. Whether your therapy experience is brief and solution-focused, or longer and more open-ended, the ultimate goals are to help you live a more authentic, empowered, and connected life. The benefits of individual therapy are nearly endless if you want to put in the work to reap them. You have the power, ability, and right to choose the life that you want to live. Individual therapy gives you the tools that you need to make the most of those choices. It helps you be you.