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What Is Individual Therapy?

You may be feeling as if talking to a therapist could benefit you. Maybe you have been feeling down due to a situation you are going through. Maybe you are arguing more with family or friends. Perhaps you are struggling with more serious issues, like panic or anxiety.

You are not alone. In fact, according to Mental Health America, one in five adults have had a mental health problem in the last two years.

You should always consider the issues you are struggling with worthy of help. It is important that you not dismiss your problems, do not consider them less important than other issues, and give them the attention they deserve.

A great place to start healing is with individual counseling.

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Purpose of Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is not a weekly event, it is a process through which you can identify and resolve issues in your life that are causing you distress.

Some of these issues may be medical, as in a chemical imbalance. Other issues can be relational or situational. Individual counseling gives you a safe space, with a caring therapist, to help you overcome such obstacles.

The ultimate purpose of individual counseling is to help you achieve positive changes in your life so that you are thinking, feeling and acting more positively.

People Involved in Individual Counseling

While there may be occasions when you can bring a family member or close friend with you to therapy, most of the sessions include you and your counselor.

There may be a time when your individual therapist feels you could benefit from medication to help you overcome some of your symptoms. If this is the case, your therapist will refer you to a psychiatrist for an evaluation. Only a psychiatrist, or medical doctor, can prescribe medication.

Length of Individual Counseling

As with any type of healing process, the time it takes you will vary from the time it takes others. Some individuals are ready for discharge after four to six weeks, while others take up to a year or longer to complete therapy.

Weekly, you will meet with your counselor for approximately fifty minutes. This hour can be filled with methods and techniques to help you cope with your issues.  Another aspect of individual counseling may include psycho-education and referral resources. 

What Happens in an Individual Counseling Session

During each counseling session, your therapist will ask questions and listen to your answers. He or she may also have specific activities, like worksheets or videos, that you can use to further your knowledge on the issues you are struggling with and ideas and solutions of how to overcome them.

This time is given to you, so you can express immediate concerns and learn how to work through them positively, rather than seeking negative coping skills that will only make your situation worse.

Methods of Individual Counseling

The most popular method used by counselors is identified as “talk therapy” or cognitive behavioral therapy. This is just what it says, you talk through the issues affecting how you think, feel or act. There are typically reasons of how negative thoughts, actions and feelings have arisen.

Some people have been abused, others struggle with addiction and yet some are grieving. Everyone’s situation is different, calling for a different method of counseling.

Therapists may use role play, letter writing, art therapy, music therapy and even pet therapy to help you achieve your goals of healing. None of your goals can be met, however, unless you participate in treatment.

The Importance of Participation

You are the focus of your individual therapy. It makes sense that if you do not participate, not many goals will be met. However, if you are open and willing to take part fully in your therapy, you will see results.

There are things you can do to get the most out of your counseling sessions each week. First, show up. If you skip counseling, work cannot begin. Also, show up on time. Counselor’s times are limited, usually fifty minutes for each client. You want to give yourself the most time allowed with your therapist. Showing up on time will help respect you, your therapist and your therapeutic hour. 

Look at counseling sessions as educational opportunities, the material you are studying is you. If you counselor gives you things to work on between sessions, follow through, and report what you have learned.

Focus on what you can do to change your situation, not what other people in your life are doing wrong. While you will do a lot of talking, counseling is more about taking action. Prepare to take action.

Have a positive attitude about the counseling experience. This positive attitude will lead to positive expectations and outcomes. Remember that progress is never immediate. It will take time to heal completely.

Stay focused on your journey. You will reach success if you make the effort.

Finding the right counselor is one of the most important steps in getting treatment. You may have a few limitations, like who your insurance will pay, but for the most part, you should be able to choose the one best for your situation.

Researching therapists is encouraged. You want to find someone who is specialized and trained in the areas in which you need help. For instance, you are grieving over the loss of a loved one, you want to meet with a counselor who specializes in grief therapy.  If you are experiencing panic attacks, you may want to work with a therapist who knows how to specifically work with anxiety.

Obtaining referrals by word of mouth, looking at reviews, looking at websites and asking questions are positive ways to interview possible therapists. I encourage this process until you find the counselor who can help you and you feel comfortable speaking with.  This will allow you to feel confident in your treatment and your ability to heal.

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How to Get Over Trust Issues

Have you ever found yourself monitoring the online activities of your partner? Do you feel insecure in your relationship? Do you find it hard to move on after your significant other hurts you? Answering “yes” to any of these questions may mean you are struggling with trust issues.

Trust means you believe in someone or something. You believe in what they say, how they act, their abilities, and dependability. Some early psychologists taught that trust, and distrust, are formed in the first two years of life and is learned from the environment in which you live.

Meaning, we evaluate how we are treated by others in our life when we are young. If we are abused by parents or other adults, we tend to form distrust. If we feel loved and well cared for, we form trust.

Over time, many other factors go into developing trust in relationships.

Does Couples Therapy Work?

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Statistics show couples therapy is effective for most couples.

90 percent of people who attended couples therapy reported improvements in their emotional health, according to a recent study of marriage and family therapy by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

In this article, you will discover what couples therapy is and how it might help you improve areas of your relationship.

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Communication is one of the building blocks used to develop healthy relationships. We communicate through our words, body language, and actions, all of which have the potential to impact our relationships for better or worse.

This article will help you understand how to communicate better in a relationship so you can make improve your communication skills and achieve happier, healthier relationships in your life.

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Everyone has a need for attention, affection, and love. It is what makes us human. Interactions between humans allow us to form relationships based on positive emotions. These connections result in us feeling valued and as if we belong.

In a sense, humans depend on relationships with others to feel satisfied and happy. However, there is a fine line between dependency and co-dependency when it comes to leading a healthy life.

In this article, you will learn what co-dependency looks like and discover how to overcome co-dependency following four basic steps.

6 Benefits of Family Therapy for Different Family Structures

6 Benefits of Family Therapy for Different Family Structures

If you were asked to define your family, you may automatically think of the parent or parents who raised you. However, a family does not necessarily mean blood relations.

To most therapists, family means someone who has been in your life for an extended period and has had an impact on your development, either positive or negative.

Family can be close friends, aunts, uncles, cousins, and even neighbors. They may be defined as family structures.

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Teenagers face a tremendous amount of internal and external stress from a variety of sources, including hormonal changes, social expectations, and bullying. On top of this, an estimated 8 million children live with at least one parent addicted to drugs or alcohol.

This makes life even more challenging for teens.

Today, I have a few addiction recovery tips for parents with teenagers that may help you start you start, or continue, your journey to addiction recovery for both you and your teen.

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According to a recent survey, mental health professionals agree  – the number one way to divorce-proof your marriage is to improve your communication skills.

Today, I am going to explore how to improve communication with your spouse so you can take the necessary steps toward a healthier, happier relationship with your spouse.

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Sometimes, we feel sad and sometimes we feel happy. At other times, we are angry, upset, amused, or confused. Human emotion in its full range and spectrum is neither good nor bad, but it does impact your mental health, for better or for worse.

If you feel like you are not quite yourself or find yourself slipping into a negative mindset more often than not, you may want to consider the benefits of individual counseling from a licensed therapist.

Today, I want to explore how to improve your mental health so you can make informed changes to improve your mindset and overall health.

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Some days will be much easier than others. It is these ups and downs in your relationship that can strengthen your marriage.

Asking the right questions together is a great way to strengthen your relationship with your spouse.

Today, we are taking a closer look at some of the most helpful counseling questions to ask your spouse.

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75% of couples who attend therapy claim they feel better in their relationship.

Studies also indicate couples continue to make an effort to improve their relationship even after they have ended therapy.

Couples therapy is all about identifying strengths and weaknesses as they pertain to your relationship. Once you understand these aspects of your relationship, you can deploy a variety of couples therapy techniques designed to help you continue improving.

Today, we are going to take a closer look at ten couples therapy techniques proven to work. 

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Anxiety affects over 40 million adults in the United States. 

Exercises that are known to reduce stress and anxiety include walking, aerobics, yoga, and running. There is a direct, positive connection between running and anxiety. Millions of runners each year attest to the advantages of running, both physically and mentally.

Today, we are taking a closer look at what anxiety is, how it impacts your mental health, and how running can actually reduce the effects of anxiety.

How Children and Family Counseling Benefits the Whole Family

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If you discover an issue negatively impacting you, your children, our your family as a whole, it's time to seek the help of a professional.

According to the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 93% of people were satisfied with their family counseling experience.

Today, we are taking a closer look at how children and family counseling benefits the whole family.

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Despite being one of the most common mental disorders in the United States, depression is often misunderstood. If you suspect your teenager is experiencing depression, it is important you seek the help he or she needs sooner than later.

How do you know if your teen is depressed?

Today, I am exploring 10 of the most common teen depression symptoms so you know what to look for.

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40 million adults in the United States live with some type of anxiety disorder.

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Young adults are particularly susceptible to developing an anxiety disorder, which can affect everything from social behavior and personal relationships to physical activity and academic performance.

Today, we are taking a closer look at how to help a teen with anxiety.