About Individual Therapy

individual therapy is a one-on-one session with a professional licensed therapist in a safe, private room where anything you tell the therapist is confidential. Through individual therapy, you’ll be able to talk with them and gain feedback to solve problems, gain a new perspective, and understand issues in your life.

Individual sessions can even expand on issues covered in group therapy, so you can dig deeper into what you learn there. Group and individual therapies in your treatment plan will enhance what you gain from each.

Many Americans seek individual therapy for a wide variety of mental health needs. In addiction treatment, this type of therapy can be very useful in building a strong recovery. Although many people go into therapy reluctantly, they often find that counseling gives them the tools for a whole new, improved life.

There are many reasons why people seek individual counseling. This one-on-one therapy may be helpful when someone has suffered from life problems, including:

  • Social issues
  • Environmental triggers
  • Behavior problems
  • Death of a loved one
  • High stress
  • Substance abuse
  • Mental health disorders

How do I know if individual therapy is right for me?

Just about anyone can benefit from one-on-one counseling with a therapist. However, there are signs you can look for, to know that individual sessions will work for you.

Signs that individual therapy may be right for you include experiencing:

  • Lengthy period of sadness or grief
  • Problems concentrating at work or in daily activities
  • Drinking too much
  • Acting out in risky ways
  • Major life changes
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance abuse

When you go through individual counseling, you can expect a focused session in which the therapist lets you talk about your problems. You won’t have to listen to the problems of others during this important time. This will help you build trust, communicate better, and care for your own mental health needs. Taking advantage of individual therapy will also give you tools to use when you experience other mental health problems, triggers, anxiety or other issues.

Other Therapies in Rehab

When you’re in substance abuse treatment, your treatment plan may include multiple types of therapy. Individual counseling will only be one part of this plan.

In addition, you’ll likely have one or more group therapy sessions each day. During this group time, you’ll take part in a discussion of topics important to individuals in alcohol and drug addiction treatment. Education in coping skills and life skills are also common parts of group therapy.

Family counseling is an important part of your recovery, too. In family therapy sessions, you and your loved ones will discuss how addiction affects the family unit. You’ll also learn more about how to stop substance abuse in the family, how to recognize a relapse before it happens, and how to stop problems like triggering, enabling, and denial.

Individual Treatment at 1st Step Behavioral Health

At 1st Step Behavioral Health in Yardley, Pennsylvania, several types of therapy are available. These include art therapy, music therapy, individual counseling, family counseling, and dual diagnosis treatment. You can also take advantage of holistic methods, such as the services of a chiropractor, massage therapist, and acupuncturist.

If you or a loved one are ready to end your addiction to drugs or alcohol, call 1st Step Behavioral Health at (844) 549-1307. Making this call will get you the help you need for a better life. Call or contacts us to start your journey to recovery today.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Individual TherapyBrittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.