Behavioral Health Therapy and Counseling Services
Each of us is an individualized composite of genes, childhood experiences, personality traits, and life experiences that together make us a unique human being. Because of our differences, the life choices we make and the behaviors we exhibit will be motivated by our own inherent set of contributing factors. Because of this, the unique motivators that propel us to act are important to address when in treatment for a behavioral health issue, such as substance abuse or a mood disorder.
While group therapy has emerged as a standard treatment protocol in recent years, it doesn’t provide the in depth psychological examination or insights that individual therapy can. Group therapy is an excellent counseling format for fostering social support, communication skills, and peer input, and its use is intrinsic to the success of a treatment program. However, it is through individual therapy that the contributing factors to a mental health condition or a substance use disorder are identified.
About Individual Therapy
Individual therapy, also referred to as talk therapy or psychotherapy, is the one-on-one therapist to client counseling format used to treat a diverse array of mental health issues. In a talk therapy session, the therapist will use one or a combination of therapeutic modalities to help promote new insights as to the sources of the client’s depression, anxiety, substance use disorder, mood disorder, or a combination of co-occurring disorders.
It must be understood that psychotherapy is not solely for treating diagnosable disorders. Individual therapy is an effective tool for simply helping a client navigate difficult times in their lives, such as relationship issues, work problems, challenges in parenting, and many more. During an individual therapy session, the therapist may probe for key factors, such as past traumas or problematic childhood events, to help the client better understand the genesis of their current situation. Therapy can offer new coping tools, life skills, and communication techniques that can improve the client’s quality of life.
The Benefits of Individual Therapy
Talk therapy is an intimate exchange between therapist and client that is based on mutual trust. With the understanding of confidentiality, the client feels free to share their deepest fears, concerns, or problems with the therapist with the hope of receiving advice and guidance that will improve their lives.
Because of the discreet nature of individual therapy, sensitive information can be shared freely with no fear of judgment. This open discussion of personal information usually leads to significant breakthroughs that the therapist will carefully use to help the client develop new thought and behavioral responses to the stressors or triggers that provoke pain and difficulty in their lives. Group therapy does not offer this kind of protection against being judged or critiqued by others when they expose their inner thoughts, past history, or behaviors, thus limiting the scope of treatment in the group format.
Types of Individual Therapy
Psychodynamic therapy is the general term for longer-term talk therapy that strives to uncover deep-seated issues through examining the client’s childhood, family dynamics, past traumas, and then using these revelations to try to connect the dots of the client’s current emotional state or behavioral struggles. This is one of the major types of individual therapy used today.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term that focuses on the clients cognitive (thought) processes and their behavioral responses to them. CBT is very popular among therapists for treating substance use disorders and mood disorders, as the therapy guides the client to identify their irrational thoughts and behaviors that stem from a perceived trigger or stressor. CBT trains the client to adapt new, healthy responses that replace the dysfunctional ones, and to consistently practice these until they become habit.
Phaite Behavioral Health Care Provides Evidence-Based Individual Therapy
Phaite Behavioral is a behavioral health care provider in Orange County, California. Treatment services that are offered include individual therapy and counseling, and a wide range of outpatient services for behavioral health issues. Our therapists are masters and doctrinal level professionals who strive to help clients improve their quality of life through highly effective individual therapy. For more information about our outpatient program, please contact Phaite Behavioral today at 888-259-1268