Individual therapy can be an amazing life-transformative process. It involves one individual and a trained professional where together you explore problems and issues in a confidential environment. Individual therapy can be both short-term and long-term depending on the needs and desires of the individual seeking therapy.
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In short-term therapy the focus is primarily focus is on coping skills development, problem solving, conflict resolution and symptom alleviation. The typical length of short-term therapy is 6-8 session but may be more. Reasons people typically seek short term therapy can be, but are not limited to issues such as:
- Emotional expression and processing
- Employment related issues
- Relationship issues
- Recent traumas
- Major life changes
- Stress and anxiety
- Life transitions
During the course of short-term therapy, you may identify issues you were unaware of when you first engaged in therapy. Keep in mind your therapist will be constantly assessing your situation and goals and making suggestions and recommendations. Your therapist may recommend an evaluation by a medical provider, family/couples therapy, group therapy or additional evaluation. Any and all recommendations will be voluntary and the benefits will be discussed.
In long-term therapy you may address many of the issues aforementioned in short-term therapy but you typically take a deeper dive into issues. According the Carl Jung, the four components of psychotherapy are confession, elucidation, education, and transformation. The confessional component may include exploring childhood, adolescence and adulthood. It includes willful behaviors as well as events that happened outside of your control. Patterns are explored. Underlying beliefs are brought to light. You are going on an adventure to explore the self and your place in the world. The ultimate goal is defined by you the individual. But many people find transformation and a more meaningful life the outcome of long-term therapy. Reasons people typically seek long-term therapy can be, but are not limited to issues such as:
- Limited success with short-term therapy
- Deeper emotional expression and processing
- Historical and/or current trauma
- Consistent/patterned relationship issues
- Resolution of Parental/Familial Relationships
- Major life transitions
- A desire for a more meaningful existence
Long-term therapy is not for everyone. However, if this mode of therapy is what you seek, we will do all we can to accommodate your needs. The connection between the individual and the therapist is paramount in long-term therapy. Oftentimes this connection is hard to find. The last thing you want to do is find yourself in a long-term therapy situation without this connection. We have a number of different therapists on staff and often move patients around, with their permission, to help achieve this goal. You are more than welcome to speak up at any time to explore other therapist options. If we cannot achieve this with our staff, we will happily assist you in finding someone in the community to help achieve your goals and meet your needs.
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