An individual therapy program is a cornerstone of addiction and mental health treatment. It is an effective method for investigating the underlying causes of addiction and psychological issues. During sessions, the client works one-on-one with a therapist to explore thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that contribute to their problems.
Also called talk therapy or psychotherapy, a key component of an individual therapy program is the collaborative effort between the therapist and client in developing a roadmap to recovery. Frequency and duration of individual therapy is based to a large degree on a client’s needs, treatment goals and progress. Individual therapy is highly flexible in that sessions are customized to address a client’s changing needs throughout the recovery process. While some sessions might focus on the past experiences of the client, others might look to the future. Over time, clients learn to trust their therapist and develop strong bonds with them. This growth also helps to teach clients crucial life skills like communication and relationship-building.
How Individual Therapy Helps
Individual therapy can be helpful in recovery from addiction, emotional trauma/post-traumatic stress disorder, codependency, grief or loss, depression, anxiety, and other behavioral problems. Therapy helps clients confront barriers interfering with their emotional and mental well-being. Psychotherapy has the potential to improve coping skills and reduce destructive behaviors. Research shows that an individual therapy program also reduces relapses of moderate depression and anxiety and the positive effects can endure well beyond the treatment.
Benefits of an Individual Counseling Program
Individual therapy builds self-awareness and can increase positive feelings such as compassion, self-esteem, love, and courage. For many clients, psychotherapy is a means of self-growth and self-actualization. Studies indicate individual therapy is beneficial in an estimated 75% of individuals who participate in it. Benefits of an individual therapy program include the following:
- Increased insight and compassion
- Enhanced self-awareness
- Heightened self-empowerment
- Improved interpersonal relationships
- Healthier coping skills
- Greater self-esteem
- Reduced anxiety, depression, and self-criticism
- Decreased negative emotions and anger
- Reduced risk of relapse
Begin an Individual Therapy Program Today
The Summit Prairie Recovery Center work to provide their clients with the ideal treatment plan for recovery. While all plans differ depending on the needs of the client, all tend to include an individual therapy program. Our team understands the importance of this one-on-one time with a therapist to work through issues. Along with individual therapy, our locations also offer additional addiction therapy programs. Some include the following:
- Group therapy program
- Cognitive behavioral therapy program
- Dialectical behavior therapy program
- Family therapy program
- EMDR therapy program