Also known as therapy, psychotherapy, and talk therapy, it is the process through which a client works directly with a trained therapist in one-on-one sessions. People may seek therapy for a variety of reason. Some need help coping with new life challenges or life transitions. Some may have a childhood trauma that has been deeply haunting them for years. Some may be dealing with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behavior, eating disorders, attachment issues, marital issues, parental concerns, anger management skills, a lack of self-identity, or the simple desire to gain more personal growth and self-knowledge.
The therapist cultivates a safe, secure, calming, caring and confidential environment where the client can do their work. Clients will explore and learn more about their feelings, belief systems, behaviors, defense mechanisms, coping skills, and overall mental-state-of-being. By identifying areas in their lives that they would like to change, improve, or gain a better understanding of themselves, the client and therapist will work together to work towards these personal goals.
Each client will receive a personalized treatment plan that is catered around their personal story, giving them the power to regain control over their lives again. The client will empower themselves by learning how to self-regulate through self-awareness, mindfulness techniques and learning new coping skills. The client will regain control over their narrative by developing a strong self-worth.
Individual counseling maybe last as little as 5-6 sessions or long as several years. Each client’s needs and goals for therapy are different. Also, depending on the client’s mental wellbeing, counseling sessions maybe anywhere from once a week to once a month.