What is individual therapy and how does it work?
Individual therapy occurs in sessions between an individual patient and a therapist. Universally, individual therapy exists to help patients deal with issues which may be bothering them in their life. These issues can include but are certainly not limited to, alcoholism, addiction, the death of a loved one, unhealthy coping mechanisms, and more. There are also many factors which can impact the success of individual therapy. All in all, countless benefits are associated with individual therapy, although no two patients, situations or sessions are exactly alike.
A closer look at individual therapy
On the surface, individual therapy is relatively simple. In real life, it’s subject to a multitude of factors and situations which can impact its outcome. However, despite the variables, there are certain parallels and commonalities which exist across the board. These similarities are what makes individual therapy so great and rehabilitative for people from all walks of life, regardless of issues which they may be facing or struggling with.
The Ability to Overcome Obstacles
The ability to overcome obstacles is a constantly recurring theme in individual therapy. Regardless of who someone is, where they come from or what their socio-economic status is, there is not a person alive today who does not face some type of challenge. It can be emotional; it can be struggling in certain social situations or difficulty in dealing with something which happened in the past.
The truth of the matter is that obstacles present themselves in all different types of forms and fashions. Solutions to overcoming these obstacles are also always available; however, in many cases, they are not as apparent as the obstacles themselves. This is where individual therapy comes into play. An individual therapist possesses the ability to look at matters from a different angle, professionally assess the situation and then provide the patient with steps and strategies they can employ to rise above the obstacle which they face.
Rising above obstacles is not always easy. This is the case regardless of how much individual therapy one takes. However, what individual therapy does is allow the patient to be still able to stay strong and rise above regardless of how challenging something may be. In many cases, this will involve getting to the root of the issue at hand. So often, people spend time focusing on the symptoms of the problem instead of dealing with the disease itself. This is where individual therapy truly comes in handy and proves valuable.
Why doesn’t everyone seek individual therapy?
Sadly, there are plenty of reasons which bear responsibility for some individuals who choose not to seek out therapy services. Some of the most common reasons include fear of acknowledging the issues at hand, a lack of awareness regarding the availability of individual therapy services, stereotypes, stigma, and even feelings of shame.