Individual Therapy for Adults

You are facing a challenge in your life. You want to feel better than you do right now. Individual therapy can help.

Individual therapy runs the gamut in terms of what it treats, how long it lasts, and what you do in the therapy room. It’s individual, just like you. Overall, though, the goal is for you to experience relief from distress, help with decision making, and increased satisfaction with your quality of life.

In other words, individual therapy empowers you to feel better both immediately and in the long-term. Whether you want to deal with a specific issue that’s distressing you today or explore deeper, complex thoughts and feelings in order to facilitate personal growth, individual therapy can help.

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What is Individual Therapy?

Individual therapy is simply counseling that you do one-on-one with a trained therapist. In contrast, marriage therapy or couples therapy is counseling for people in relationships to work on their issues together. Likewise, family therapy brings together multiple family members in the counseling room to address issues within the group. Individual therapy is what you do just for you.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that you don’t address relationship or family issues. We are all humans who exist within multiple relationships and roles. Those experiences impact us, and therefore, we may have many challenges that arise because of them. When you seek therapy for yourself, though, you are taking the reins over the one variable you can control – yourself. This gives you the opportunity to fully express all of your thoughts, feelings, memories, fears, needs, and hopes with a therapist who is there to offer non-judgmental, open-minded support in service of helping you find the clarity and courage you need to move forward.

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.

Start Feeling Better Today

Many people are hesitant to try individual therapy if it’s new for them. You might be scared that you won’t know what to say to your therapist. You might worry that talking about the past will open up old wounds that you aren’t prepared to deal with. In fact, you might have fears and concerns that you aren’t even sure how to articulate. We understand. We have the education and experience to address your concerns and help you find the therapeutic approach that will work best for you.

There are many different types of individual therapy, and many different types of therapists. You will often hear therapists say that the most important part of therapy is how well you feel about the fit between you and your therapist. There’s actually research to back this up! So whether you want to do more short-term work, or whether you’re ready to dive in and commit yourself for a longer period, there is a great therapist out there for you who is well-suited to your particular goals and preferences. The more honest you are with yourself and your potential therapist about what you want and need, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to find the therapist that is the right fit for you.

The great thing about individual therapy is that it’s all about you, so it’s possible to tailor individual therapy techniques to meet your specific needs.

We believe that you already have a lot of strengths, skills, and wonderful traits. Learning how to leverage them to their full benefit is a journey we are all on. Individual therapy helps you to realize that (or remember it) for yourself so that you can start working towards your goals as quickly as possible. We want to help you start feeling better today, whether you’re dealing with an immediate, acute crisis or you want to explore long-term personal growth. Contact us for a consultation for individual therapy today. We are happy to answer questions about the general therapy process as well as about your unique situation.

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