Individual therapy—also known as psychotherapy, talk therapy, or counseling—is a collaborative process between a therapist/counselor and client that aims to facilitate change and improve quality of life. Therapy can help people confront barriers that interfere with emotional and mental well-being, and it can also increase positive feelings such as compassion, self-esteem, love, courage, and peace. Many people find they enjoy the therapeutic journey of becoming more self-aware, and they may pursue ongoing psychotherapy as a means of self-growth and self-actualization.
Therapy can treat specific, diagnosable mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, or ADHD, in addition to everyday concerns, such as relationship problems, stress management, career ambitions, or other issues that may affect a person's mental well-being.
When specific issues or mental health conditions begin to cause distress and interfere with a person's normal activities, it may be time to seek therapy. Distress can manifest in the form of problematic beliefs, feelings, behaviors, and sensations in the body. A therapist can facilitate lifestyle changes, serve as a listening ear, help identify underlying causes of symptoms, and provide specific strategies or techniques for changing unwanted thoughts, behaviors, or emotions. Through therapy, people gather tools to manage symptoms, alleviate stress, and face challenges.
Who Provides Therapy and How Does It Work?
A number of specialists can provide therapy to clients, and qualifications to be a therapist are generally determined by a state licensing board. In most cases, therapists have at least a master's degree, though students in the process of obtaining a master's degree may perform therapy under the direction of a supervisor. Therapist titles include licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), psychologist, and licensed professional counselor (LPC).
How Are Therapy Goals, Frequency, and Duration Determined?
In general, the goal of therapy is to talk through mental health issues and help clients heal, grow, and move toward more productive, psychologically healthy lives. Good therapy is client-driven, and specific goals for therapy will be determined by you and your therapist.
Individual therapy sessions typically last between 45 and 60 minutes. The frequency and duration of therapy will depend on your needs, treatment goals, and progress. Many concerns are readily resolved with short-term therapy, and other chronic or more complex concerns require long-term commitment before improvement is realized.
Is Therapy an Effective Form of Treatment?
Ultimately, the individual’s desire and determination to heal play an essential role in whether psychotherapy is successful. Finding the right therapist is also an important component of effective therapy. The relationship between therapist and client is a big predictor in therapy outcomes, this is why it is important to find a counseling center and therapist who you can relate to and feel comfortable with in session. Please do not hesitate to voice concerns or ask for referrals to another therapist if you find the client-therapist relationship is not a good fit for you.
Research has shown that therapy results in fewer relapses of common conditions such as moderate depression and anxiety, and that the positive effects of good therapy extend well beyond treatment. In fact, many clients report improved conditions long after therapy has ended. In general, therapy is often more effective than psychotropic drugs or medical treatments alone, which may cause harmful side effects. In addition, many therapeutic modalities are evidence-based, meaning they have been subject to research studies and clinical observations, and they have been analyzed for effectiveness. Restoring Hope Counseling Center only utilizes evidence based practices that are supported by research and considered best practice in our field.
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