What happens in therapy?
Individual Therapy is a process through which individuals work one-on-one with a therapist to explore their feels, beliefs, or behavior. To 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.
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-awareness. Individual sessions may be as short as five or six sessions, or may be as long as several months long, depending on the individual’s unique needs and personal goals for therapy.
The Therapeutic Process
Therapy can result in significant benefits to you, including reaching goals, improving interpersonal relationships and resolving of specific concerns and issues that led you to seek services.
Working towards these benefits requires commitment on your part. These commitments include active involvement, honesty, openness and a willingness to stretch beyond your comfort zone. It is possible that remembering or talking about events and feelings in your life, can result in experiencing discomfort and strong feelings of sadness, anger, and fear. I may challenge some of your assumptions or perceptions and propose different ways of looking at, thinking about, or handling situations. This may evoke strong reactions in you.
Resolving the issues that brought you to seek help may result in changes that you did not anticipate. Therapy often results in making decisions about changing behaviors, employment, substance use, schooling, housing, or relationships; and a positive decision by you may be viewed negatively by friends or family.