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DIANE CHRESTMAN, LCSW

INDIVIDUAL THERAPY

Break Free From Unproductive Patterns!

Are you caught in a cycle of reacting to life's challenges with the same habitual and unproductive responses? 

Perhaps it's time for something else.   

Authentic-Life Counseling empowers clients to replace unhealthy responses to life's challenges with healthy ones, improving mental and emotional health.

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Individual Therapy

Individual therapy, also known as talk-therapy, psychotherapy or counseling encompass two essential elements:  a trusting relationship and a purposeful process.

 

In individual therapy, the collaborative relationship between the client and therapist aims to enhance overall quality of life. This includes addressing interconnected factors such as physical and emotional health, relationship satisfaction, and job contentment.

Many individuals seek individual therapy to address symptoms associated with common mental health disorders like depression, anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, and agoraphobia. Additionally, challenging relationships with family members, partners, or colleagues often prompt individuals to pursue individual therapy.

Regardless of why you want to talk to a therapist there are numerous benefits associated with Individual Therapy:

  1. Emotional Support: Receive a safe and non-judgmental space to express thoughts and emotions.

  2. Self-Exploration: Delve into self-reflection to understand the root causes of challenges and foster self-awareness.

  3. Problem Solving: Develop effective coping strategies and problem-solving skills.

  4. Discover New Coping Skills: Learn healthier ways to cope with stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues.

  5. Improve Relationships: Enhance communication and interpersonal skills for healthier connections.

  6. Reduce Stress: Acquire tools to manage stressors effectively and promote a sense of calm.

  7. Break Unproductive Patterns: Identify and break unhealthy patterns of behavior or thought.

  8. Improve Self-Esteem: Foster a positive self-image and boost self-esteem.

Individual therapy provides personalized support tailored to your unique needs, promoting positive changes and a more fulfilling life. Take the first step towards enhancing your well-being by exploring the benefits of individual therapy.

 Is Individual Therapy Effective?

 

 

In individual therapy, clients collaborate with professional therapists to enhance their overall quality of life.

 

Numerous factors influence one's well-being, with the most prevalent reasons for seeking therapy often revolving around mental and emotional health. These encompass addressing issues like depression, anxiety, relationship challenges with family members, partners, or colleagues – reasons that are sometimes considered less "clinical" but equally significant.

The advantages of individual therapy can be broadly categorized into two key benefits:

  1. Symptom Reduction:

    • Individual therapy contributes to the reduction of symptoms associated with mental health disorders.

    • For example, in the case of depression, where feelings of sadness prevail, individual therapy aims to alleviate the intensity of these emotions.

  2. Coping Strategies:

    • Individual therapy identifies coping strategies—tools used to manage internal or external stressful circumstances.

    • For someone dealing with depression, a coping strategy might involve exploring hobbies or activities that bring fulfillment and joy into life.

While seeking to improve mental and emotional health is a common thread, people pursue individual therapy for a multitude of reasons.

Individual therapy is a powerful resource for personal growth, healing, and positive change.

If you have specific questions about individual therapy please contact us for a free 15 minute assessment.

Common Questions About
Individual Therapy

How can therapy help me?     

I think of individual therapy in one way like having a chat with a friend who knows you and seems to really understand who you are, where you have been, your strengths and areas of weaknesses.

 

There is also the aspect of individual therapy of talking to a professional who understands the brain and human behavior. Therapy can help you by revealing a greater understanding about your thoughts and feelings and unlocking this whole new perspective on yourself and your life.

 

Sometimes we all need a bit of guidance or a fresh pair of eyes on things, right?

 

We hope your individual therapy helps you figure out what makes you tick, what holds you back and the best way(s) to deal with those hurdles. 

It's about becoming the best version of yourself. 

What to expect in therapy?

In individual therapy, clients can expect a confidential and supportive space for exploring their emotions and thoughts. Establishing a strong therapeutic alliance with the therapist is fundamental. My therapeutic approach is goal-oriented, emphasizing the expectation that clients derive benefit from our sessions. If positive changes are not evident, we work together to identify the underlying causes.

I often use the analogy of "mental health taxes" to convey that valuable outcomes in therapy, similar to other pursuits in life, come with a cost. For instance, achieving physical fitness requires the "tax" of regular exercise and a healthy diet. Playing the guitar proficiently comes with the "tax" of consistent and dedicated practice.

 

In therapy, clients should anticipate challenges and be willing to change emotional, physical, or cognitive patterns that may hinder their well-being. This transformative process demands a healthy dose of discipline, courage, and commitment from both the therapist and the client. Essentially, therapy is a collaborative partnership where mutual effort contributes to the journey of growth and positive change

Is therapy confidential?

Yes, therapy is confidential, creating a private and secure environment for open communication. However, it's crucial to be aware of specific circumstances where licensed therapists are obligated to break confidentiality.

  1. Risk of Harm to Self: If you express suicidal thoughts or intentions, the therapist may need to take necessary steps to ensure your safety.

  2. Risk of Harm to Others: If you reveal intentions or plans to harm another person, the therapist may need to intervene to protect others.

  3. Abuse Reporting: Therapists are mandated to report information about the abuse of a child, elderly person, or disabled individual requiring protection. This is a legal and ethical obligation.

  4. Court Orders: In rare situations, a judge may issue an order requiring the disclosure of information. Therapists must comply with such legal mandates.

It's essential to understand that these exceptions are in place to prioritize the safety and well-being of individuals. Rest assured that therapists are committed to maintaining confidentiality to the fullest extent possible within the bounds of ethical and legal obligations. If you have any concerns or questions about confidentiality, feel free to discuss them openly with your therapist.

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