Q: What is individual therapy?
A: Individual therapy is a private, confidential meeting between a therapist and a client to collaboratively establish client goals and work towards achieving those goals. The client works to gain insight and learn adaptive skills pertaining to current, past, or future events. During this process, the therapist will assist the client to identify unhealthy ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving that are counterproductive to achieving the therapeutic goals.
Q: What can I expect from a therapy session?
A: Therapy sessions last from 45-50 minutes in duration. During an initial session, the therapist will ask questions about the client's current circumstances and relevant background information. Individual sessions will focus on building a therapeutic relationship that promotes a team approach to therapy, identifying areas of concern, and working towards resolving the personal issues. It is common to have homework assignments that involve writing, tracking emotions, engaging in new, healthy behaviors, or reading a book.