Individual therapy is a form of therapy in which the client is treated on a one-on-one basis with a therapist. The most popular form of therapy, individual therapy may encompass many different treatment styles including psychoanalysis and cognitive-behavioral therapy. This is a unique relationship, in that it is strictly confidential and provides you an opportunity to be completely honest with yourself and another person. It is almost inevitable for a new client to fear judgment or rejection, particularly when you are being so open, but it’s not the role of the therapist to criticize or lecture you.
This process helps them:
- Maintain their commitment to long term goals
- Keep their focus and maintain optimism and fortitude
- Learn to grow from the mistakes they inevitably make
Individual psychotherapy also allows your therapist to ask more detailed and focused questions than he or she might be able to in a setting where others are present. This could be because a therapist’s attention has to be divided between the patients, or the therapist has to be cognizant of the emotional and mental states of any family members who are part of the session. In a one-on-one session, however, there are no distractions or competing perspectives. This can allow both you and your therapist to address issues more deeply and intently.
What is the intention?
The therapist will work closely with you to devise some unique and proactive strategies to manage and control the effects in your day-to-day life, both in the short- and long term. This is not something that can often be done as effectively in a group or family therapy session.
How long does it take?
Duration of Sessions depends on a number of factors:
- The nature of the therapy
- Outside life events
The amount of time spent in therapy depends on the needs of the client as well as their personal goals.