Individual and family therapy, also known as talk therapy, is a form of mental health treatment that involves one-on-one, couples or family sessions between a therapist and you. The goal of individual therapy is to help you improve your mental health and well-being by addressing emotional, behavioral, and psychological concerns. Couples and families benefit from therapy as they learn to better communicate and manage life stressors.
There are different types of individual therapy, each designed to cater to unique needs. Your therapist can help you choose the type of therapy that aligns with your needs and goals. Here are some of the commonly used types of individual therapy
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a type of talk therapy that focuses on changing negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to mental health problems. CBT is often used to treat anxiety disorders, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
DBT is a type of CBT therapy that focuses on teaching interpersonal skills to manage negative thought patterns and behaviors. DBT is often used to treat suicidal thoughts and behaviors, poor emotional regulation skills and personality disorders.
EMDR is a therapeutic process combining structured talk therapy with combined bilateral stimulation including eye movements, taps, and tones. EMDR has been very effective in helping people work through emotional distress related to disturbing life events and traumatic experiences. EMDR is helpful in treating PTSD and dissociative disorders.
The Gottman Method is a type of talk therapy that focuses on assessment of a couple’s needs and interventions that assist with strengthening relationships. The Gottman Method is frequently used to help couples work through conflicting communication styles, intimacy issues, and problems with respect and affection.
Regardless of the type of therapy you choose, individual and family therapy can help you gain insight into your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, and develop coping strategies to manage your mental health concerns and improve your family functioning.
It’s normal to feel anxious, overwhelmed, or stressed from time to time. However, there are situations where you may benefit from individual and family therapy. These include:
Individual therapy can be a powerful tool for personal growth and healing. Take the first step today by contacting our team.
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Therapy can help clients process past experiences and gain awareness of how their experiences have shaped their lives. Behaviors that made it possible to endure difficult circumstances in the past may be causing chaos in the present. Therapy provides clients the opportunity to share their story with an experienced clinician who can offer an individualized approach and assist the client in gaining a new perspective. The therapeutic relationship provides the client support and encouragement to make changes to enhance their lives.
The first appointment is the opportunity for the client to meet with our clinical staff and work together to identify the best treatment options. The client will be asked to share reasons for seeking care, their history, and what they have done to resolve problems in the past. The therapist clinical team will want to know how the client is navigating life (i.e., stressors, relationships, work, etc.) and what the client hopes to accomplish through therapy treatment. By the end of the appointment, we will review our team’s recommendations and get you started on your wellness journey.