What range of difficulties are treated in individual therapy?
Individual therapy is an important form of treatment for many kinds of psychological problems. Issues such as anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem are a few areas that can be effectively treated through individual therapy. In addition, people experiencing an emotional crisis due to marital problems, family disputes, problems at work, loneliness, or troubled social relationships may benefit from psychotherapy.
What happens in a typical individual therapy session?
The initial phase often consists of an evaluation where the patient discusses the reasons for seeking treatment, allowing the therapist to develop an understanding of the nature and range of the individual’s particular difficulties. After this initial period, sessions will become less like an interview; the frequency of visits (one or more times per week) will be established and the person will be asked to share whatever is on their minds. At this point, the therapist’s job is to listen and help the person explore and identify patterns of thinking, feeling, and interacting that may play a role in his or her struggles.
What is couples therapy?
The main difference between individual therapy and couples therapy is the focus of treatment. Unlike individual therapy where the patient is the focus, couples therapy focuses on the relationship between two people as the main area of exploration.
What happens in couples therapy?
Research has consistently shown that it is not negative emotional engagement that predicts separation in couples, but rather a lack of emotional engagement. Therefore, couples therapy attempts to create a safe and productive place for couples to connect emotionally with themselves and their partner. Many couples report the following positive outcomes from engaging in couples therapy:
Learning to understand underlying emotions
Learning to productively express emotional needs
Taking responsibility for emotional needs
Receiving validation for one’s needs