We are not what happened to us, we are what we wish to become.
― C.G. Jung
In individual therapy, also known as individual psychotherapy you and the therapist meet one-on-one (usually 50-55 minutes). These meetings typically occur weekly or every other week, and sessions are conducted in a confidential and caring environment. The therapist will work with you to help you explore your feelings, work through life challenges, identify aspects of yourself and your life that you wish to change, and set goals to help you work towards these changes. You might see a therapist for only a few sessions, or you may attend individual therapy sessions for a year or longer. The amount of time spent in therapy depends on your needs and your personal goals.
SINGLE SESSION THERAPY
"If, by some miracle, you wake up tomorrow and the problem is gone, what would your life be like?"―Steve de Shazer
Sometimes one session is all you need! Single-session counseling is designed to offer you a solution-focused, one-time session anytime you need a little bit of help getting unstuck and moving forward with your life. Solution-Focused Single Session Therapy (SST) requires the therapist to view every interaction as an intervention. SST is intended to be pragmatic and based on your presenting concerns focusing on what you have already done to cope and what you want, rather than exploring history about root causes. The goal is for you to leave with a plan and know you have the resources available to move forward in a good enough way.
Compatibility doesn't determine the fate of a relationship, how you deal with the incompatibilities does.― Abhijit Naskar
Couples counseling, also known as marriage counseling, involves the exploration of any conflicts and patterns of behaviors between the partners and the development of healthier ways of relating to one another. It is often short-term and focuses on specific problems. The goals are to improve communication and strengthen relationships. Ideally, you want to start when you’re not in a real crisis. Many couples feel anxious about trying couple therapy because of the stigma. Couples therapy is not just for married people and can help anyone in a relationship. Success or failure depends on how much both partners are willing to invest and commit to therapy techniques.
YOU DONT NEED A "BIG" REASON
TO START THERAPY
It’s a myth that therapy is only for people who have a diagnosed mental illness. In other words, you don’t have to be dealing with a diagnosed mental health problem such as depression or anxiety to benefit from therapy. If you’re going through a difficult time in your life, such as a bereavement, divorce, job stress, or unemployment, therapy can help. Even if you’re facing everyday concerns like overwhelming stress, low self-esteem, or trouble sleeping, the right therapist can provide expert support and guidance and help you make positive changes.
Many people struggle with everyday stress but worry that their problems aren’t “bad enough” to warrant a therapy session. The feeling that you’re not suffering enough to deserve mental health treatment or seek the support of a therapist—what we’ve started to call mental health impostor syndrome—is real. One of the biggest emotional hurdles we hear about when it comes to starting psychotherapy is the fear of judgment, change, the unknown, and what they might discover in therapy. Some do not want professional therapy because they feel ashamed of their problems.
It’s a common misconception that you must be in crisis to seek mental health treatment. Don’t let shame and fear stop you from getting the help you need. Good mental health is part of your overall health and wellness. CHOOSE CHANGE, NOT FEAR.