What is Psychotherapy for Individuals?
Individual Psychotherapy is a form of therapy in which the client is treated in a one-on-one session with a professional therapist. It is usually time-limited and focuses on specific goals you want to accomplish or problems you want to solve. Often these goals will be broken down into smaller achievable objectives that may change from session to sessions.
The duration of the sessions can vary from short term to long term, lasting less than a year or lasting up to several years. However, it all depends on your own desire to change or understand your problem. Therefore it is important that you are comfortable and happy with your therapist and that you feel that you are in a safe and supportive environment, as you are going to talk about difficult feelings, thoughts or experiences. The key to your recovery is communication, as by doing this you will be able to process what you have been through and gain a better understanding of yourself, situations or others.
With individual therapy, you will also learn on how to deal with problems or issues within your life as your therapist will be helping you to identify coping mechanisms, develop problem-solving skills, rearrange your expectations and priorities, identify personal strengths and on how to focus on what is important.