Are you overwhelmed with personal or relationship stress? Are you encountering issues that hold you back from the quality of life and relationships you desire? Individual psychotherapy is a process that can help you resolve a problem that is holding you back from experiencing the life and/or relationship you desire. It can also be a source for personal growth.
Common Issues People Bring to Individual Therapy Include:
- Difficulty in Relationships or Lack of Close Relationships
- Career Difficulty
- Excessive Fears/ Anxiety
- Depression/ Sadness/ Lack of Motivation
- Anger Issues
- Grief and Loss
- Stress/ Coping with Life Changes
- Self-Esteem/ Confidence Issues
Research has found that individual therapy can be very effective in helping people. While the therapist’s treatment approach (i.e. cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, family systems) is important, research has shown that it is not the most important consideration. The most essential factor for a positive psychotherapeutic outcome is the quality of relationship between client and therapist. The therapist’s ability to deeply understand the client and the client’s ability to trust the therapist are vital for therapy to be successful.
Individual therapy is not just “getting advice”, but learning how to find new solutions and discovering greater freedom to make the choices you want. The therapeutic process may involve learning new skills, trying out new behaviors, working through old issues, grieving, or letting go of things that no longer serve a person’s health or well-being. In therapy, a person may also come to recognize the ways in which they inadvertently create or contribute to problems for themselves or others. From this awareness, it becomes possible to move with greater flexibility, resilience, and creativity in the world.
Individual therapy can be a rich and wonderful experience for those who embark on a journey of self-discovery and growth, but psychotherapy does require effort. A client’s active involvement, honesty and openness are critical to a good outcome. For some, the benefits of individual psychotherapy will be realized quickly. For others, therapy will take longer.
Karen Horney, an early pioneer of psychotherapy, richly describes the aim of therapy as “…. a striving for wholeheartedness: to be without pretense, to be emotionally sincere, to be able to put the whole of oneself into one’s feelings, one’s work, one’s beliefs.” For us, individual therapy is helping people achieve greater wholeness so they can experience better lives and better relationships.
We count it a privilege to work with our clients. Call or contact us today for an appointment.