Individual psychotherapy or counseling is simply having a conversation with someone who is trained to listen in a different way than perhaps your friends or family. You are likely to address a troublesome area in your life or perhaps a particular struggle, and find ways to strengthen your relationships, both with others and with yourself. Counseling is sometimes warranted because you were injured in an emotional way and are seeking ways to recover healthily. Sometimes therapy can strengthen areas of your emotional life or gain insight into life problems. Most importantly, therapy is what you want it to be with your goals in mind.
Does Therapy Work?
There are many clinical research studies that have shown counseling and therapy are effective in the treatment of:
- Relationship Issues
- Substance Abuse
- Body Image Concerns
- Self Esteem
- Eating Issues
and a variety of other concerns
Your Initial Appointment (Intake)
Individual therapy usually starts with an initial session where your clinician will ask you a series of questions about yourself, including your presenting concerns, family history, and relationship history among other things. You will discuss with your clinician your goals for therapy and you will both collaborate together and develop a plan on how to work together. Sometimes, your clinician might believe that there are other providers that might best serve your immediate needs and you may be provided with a referral to another resource in the area. Your intake clinician will always help coordinate care should an outside referral be the best option.