At ABS, we believe everyone from time to time needs to have a personal therapist, and we take pride and care in connecting with the client one on one. Whether it’s in our offices, the client’s home or in school, as long as the setting fosters and environment where therapy is productive and the client feels safe.
Individual therapy (sometimes called “psychotherapy” or “counseling”) is a process that helps individuals identify the challenges they face, their goals for positive change and the supports they need to achieve their desired outcomes. Clients work one-on-one with a trained therapist—in a safe, caring, and confidential environment—to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change. Common goals of therapy can be to inspire change or improve quality of life.
People seek therapy for a wide variety of reasons, from coping with major life challenges or childhood trauma, to dealing with depression or anxiety, to simply desiring personal growth and greater self-knowledge. A client and therapist may work together for as few as five or six sessions or as long as several years, depending on the client’s unique needs and personal goals for therapy.
Benefits of Individual Therapy
- Help people overcome obstacles to their well-being
- Increase positive feelings, such as compassion and self-esteem.
- Help people learn skills for handling difficult situations, making healthy decisions, and reaching goals.
- Be a therapeutic journey of becoming more self-aware which leads to self-growth.
What Can Psychotherapy Help With?
Therapy can help treat mental, emotional, physical, and behavioral issues. Concerns that may be discussed in therapy include, but are not limited to:
- Relationship or Marriage Challenges
- Family Issues
When Is It Best to Seek Therapy?
It could be time to seek therapy if an issue causes distress or interferes with daily life. This can include negative thoughts, feelings, behaviors, or even a bodily sensation such as pain or fatigue. It is important not to wait until symptoms become severe before going to therapy. It may be best to seek therapy if you are often unhappy or feel overwhelmed and hopeless about issues in your life. Therapy can help tremendously if you experience addiction or feel like hurting yourself or someone else.
Some people may avoid treatment, and there are many reasons for this. These reasons include shame, the stigma that comes with mental health care, money issues or simply not wanting to acknowledge anything is wrong, but a trained therapist can and will help. They can also help identify underlying causes of symptoms and provide strategies for changing unwanted thoughts and behaviors. Therapy can equip people with the skills to manage symptoms, reduce stress, and improve their quality of life.