Individual therapy – or one-on-one personal therapy – lays the foundation for a personalized mental health treatment program. Here the patient can:
- Begin to process childhood and adult trauma
- Work through current issues they are facing
- Discuss what is and is not working in terms of their overall treatment program
- Assess and redefine goals for treatment as needed
Weekly or twice weekly sessions may be a good choice, depending upon the nature of the mental health treatment plan and the overarching goals of recovery. They can occur in the contexts of both inpatient and outpatient treatment and often continue for a lifetime to ensure that the patient continues to get what they need to function healthfully and happily while managing their mental health symptoms. Learn more about the individual therapy and other therapeutic offerings provided by us here at Futures. Our counselors are standing by to take your call.
Individual therapy is almost always talk therapy. Though the patient may engage in other types of therapy and therapeutic treatments, their individual therapy sessions are discussion-based, allowing the patient to verbally explore past events, trauma, ideas, behaviors and more. The goal is for the patient to share their views and experiences, which in turn helps the therapist to pinpoint the causative mental health disorder. Addressing the symptoms, perspectives, and ideas that are causing the negative experiences and feelings is the next step, as the therapist helps the patient to identify problematic thought and behavior patterns and provides them with the tools they need to alter those perspectives and more healthfully handle stressors as they arise.
Types of Individual Therapy
Though all individual therapies are talk therapies, there are different ways to direct each session. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), some common types of individual therapies include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). The goal is to look at the patient’s thought patterns and belief system and identify the issues that are causing them problems in their interactions or daily life.
- Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). A type of cognitive behavioral therapy, DBT seeks to help patients find a “middle ground” perspective that allows them to adapt to change and interact more positively with others.
- Interpersonal therapy (IPT). The focus of IPT is on helping patients to improve their communication skills and thus improve their ability to work with and coexist with other people.
Is Therapy Enough?
Depending upon the nature of the symptoms and the underlying mental health disorder, individual therapy can be enough to effectively manage symptoms. In other cases, it may not be so simple. Other therapies and treatment options may be necessary, including:
- Medication (e.g., antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, anti-psychotics, etc.)
- Group therapy (e.g., support groups, 12-step meetings, etc.)
- Holistic teatments (e.g., yoga, meditation, acupuncture, and others)
- Alternative treatments (e.g., nutritional counseling, personal training, life coach, and others)
In general, the more integrative and the more directed the therapies, the more effective the overall treatment program.
Which Type of Individual Therapy Is Right for Your Loved One?
At Futures, we jumpstart every patient’s treatment program with an intensive, evidence-based diagnostic process that helps us to identify the types of therapy that will be most effective for each person. As patients progress and meet their treatment goals, these may be altered or amplified as necessary. Call us at Futures today and discuss the specifics of what would be the most productive forms of therapeutic treatment for your loved one as they learn how to manage their mental health symptoms and move forward in life.