Life is full of difficult moments, circumstances, and decisions. However, there are times when these things get the best of us and stop us from living the life we deserve.
If you find yourself constantly disappointed and upset by unstable relationships and acting in ways that aren't really "you," it may be time to be proactive and get help.
Individual therapy gives you the space to explore a wide variety of issues that may be challenging your ability to bring your best self to your relationships and get the most out of them.
Whether you’re struggling with major family issues like conflict with a parent, or relationship issues like severe conflict with your partner, this type of therapy offers you a private and safe place to focus on important issues and regain control of your life.
Some common relationship issues that can be addressed in this type of therapy include:
- Relationship problems (e.g., with dating partners, spouses, or family members)
- Relationship transitions (e.g., support through divorce, transition to parenthood)
- Role strain (e.g., work/life balance between your roles as a spouse and as a busy professional)
FAQs About Individual Therapy
How often should I attend individual therapy sessions?
Many clients begin individual therapy on a weekly basis, and then switch to once or twice per month or "as-needed" appointments once they've reached their immediate goals. I will offer recommendations for your treatment, but your number of sessions and session schedule is always up to you.
How long does individual therapy last?
Individual therapy with me is flexible and designed to best meet your needs. I recommend that clients plan for at least 8 sessions, depending on your issues. Around that point, we will evaluate your progress and determine if further therapy is needed. Many issues can be addressed using short-term treatment (8-12 sessions). However, some issues like depression and anxiety may require longer term therapy.
How are individual sessions structured?
Individual therapy always begins and ends with your needs and privacy as the priority. Sessions are one on one with me. They will last for 50 or 90 minutes depending on what you select. Depending on your issues and goals, there may be occasional homework assignments in between sessions but these are not a requirement for attending sessions.
During the first session, we'll discuss your background, current problems, their impact on your life, and your goals. I will work with you to gain clarity on your personal goals and how these can be addressed within individual therapy.
We will then spend sessions working toward your goals and problem-solving as weekly issues arise. Along the way, we will evaluate your progress and determine when your treatment is coming to an end.
At times, we may find it helpful to include family members or your relationship partner in select sessions if this works towards your personal goals. However, you are considered the primary client and the focus will be on your individual needs.
During or after individual therapy, we may also decide to end your treatment and transition you into couple or family therapy.
I'm having relationship problems with my family or partner. Can individual therapy help or should I do couples or family therapy?
Many clients want to begin individual therapy but are unsure if it can help them address their relationship problems with others. Whether your having issues with your partner/spouse, parents, siblings, or others in your life, individual therapy can give you insight and change strategies targeted at your role in your relationship problems. Many clients find that by changing their personal ways of thinking and behaving, their relationships become healthier.
However, there are some cases in which couples or family therapy is not possible. For example, some people are unable to get their partners to agree to begin couples therapy with them. As another example, some people have family members who live out of state and are unable to join them for sessions.
There are also cases in which couples therapy may be recommended over individual therapy. This depends on your specific problems. Feel free to contact me and set up a free phone consultation to discuss your needs and if individual therapy is best.
What models of therapy do you use for individual therapy?
The particular model of therapy that I use for individual therapy depends on your presenting concerns. The primary modes include:
- Bowen (theory)
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
- Solution-Focused Therapy