Some people seek individual therapy because they have felt depressed, anxious, or angry for a long time. Others for a chronic illness that interfears with their emotional or physical well-being. Short-term problems that need help to navigate are also reasons for seeking a therapist. Going through a divorce, facing an empty nest, feeling overwhelmed by a new job or grieving a family member’s death for example.
Individual therapy is a collaborative effort based on the relationship that develops between you and your therapist. This relationship as collaboration is important. Both of you need to be invested in achieving your goals. The supportive environment it creates allows you to talk openly and freely with someone objective, neutral, and nonjudgmental. This dialog can often focus on your early experiences to help you better understand the root causes of your current problems. Your family’s history for example as well as how your problem is affecting your life today.